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.
La présente étude fournit des données empiriques sur le bénévolat et le travail non rémunéré dans l’Union européenne. Il est difficile de donner une définition précise du bénévolat, en particulier dans le cadre d’une comparaison entre plusieurs pays. L’établissement d’une distinction claire entre bénévolat formel et bénévolat informel est souhaitable, mais la diversité des traditions et des perceptions dans les États membres rend la tâche compliquée. La présente étude se concentre sur le bénévolat formel, c’est-à-dire sur le bénévolat organisé selon certaines règles et réalisé, en général, sous l’égide d’une organisation.
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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