Participation in volunteering and unpaid work

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13 Febrero 2011
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Just over 20% of Europeans take part in voluntary and charitable activities, though there are wide differences between Member States. The highest rates are seen in the Nordic Member States (Denmark, Finland, Sweden) and the lowest rates are in Bulgaria, Greece, Malta, PortugRead more
Just over 20% of Europeans take part in voluntary and charitable activities, though there are wide differences between Member States. The highest rates are seen in the Nordic Member States (Denmark, Finland, Sweden) and the lowest rates are in Bulgaria, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Romania and Spain. People with a high level of educational attainment are more likely to be volunteers, as are those who attend religious services regularly. Based on data from the second European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS), conducted by Eurofound in 2007, this report examines the factors underpinning people’s decision to volunteer, the amount of time devoted to volunteering among those who participate and whether participation is associated with greater life satisfaction. The study also looks at unpaid work (which includes caring and housework), the amount of time spent on it and the characteristics of those who do it frequently.
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    Seguimiento de la calidad de vida en Europa: participación en el voluntariado y el trabajo no remunerado - Resumen ejecutivo

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    Eurofound
    El presente estudio recoge datos empíricos sobre el voluntariado y sobre el trabajo no remunerado en la Unión Europea. Encontrar una definición de voluntariado puede ser arduo, especialmente en el marco de una comparación entre varios países. Establecer una delimitación clara entre voluntariado formal y voluntariado informal no siempre es fácil, aunque sería deseable, dada la diversidad de tradiciones y de concepciones en los distintos Estados miembros. El presente informe se centra en el voluntariado formal, es decir, en el trabajo voluntario desarrollado de manera organizada, generalmente en el ámbito de una organización.


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  • European Quality of Life Survey 2007

    Eurofound's European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2007, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003.

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