Quality of life
Findings from Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) show that many of the indicators about quality of life in Turkey are below the EU28 averages. For instance, average life satisfaction in Turkey was 6.0 in 2016, lower than the respective EU28 average of 7.1 (on a scale of 1–10). Furthermore, the share of respondents feeling free to decide how to live their lives stood at 14% in Turkey in 2016, also lower than the EU28 average of 26%.
The share of people reporting difficulties in making ends meet has decreased substantially in Turkey during the period of observation. In 2003, 76% of respondents in Turkey reported difficulties in making ends meet, whereas this level fell to 46% in 2016, although still somewhat higher than the respective EU28 average of 39%.
|Life satisfaction||Mean (1-10)||5.6||6.2||6.6||6.0|
|Taking all things together on a scale of 1 to 10, how happy would you say you are?||Mean (1-10)||6.5||6.6||6.9||6.2|
|Optimism about own future||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||59%|
|Optimism about children’s or grandchildren’s future||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||52%|
|Take part in sports or physical exercise||At least once a week||-||-||18%||21%|
|In general, how is your health?||Very good||-||14%||17%||14%|
|WHO-5 mental wellbeing index||Mean (1-100)||-||47||56||58|
|Making ends meet||With some difficulty, difficulty, and great difficulty||76%||74%||63%||46%|
|I feel I am free to decide how to live my life||Strongly agree||-||24%||14%|
|I find it difficult to deal with important problems that come up in my life||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||39%|
|When things go wrong in my life, it generally takes me a long time to get back to normal||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||39%|