Quality of life data show that in most countries, the capital city has advantages compared to the regions outside the capital. In light of the continued growth of capital city populations and the concentration of resources within them, this policy brief explores the source of the advantages of capital cities in quality of life. Are these advantages mostly related to specific demographics that these cities nurture and attract? Or do these advantages stem from opportunities that major cities provide due to their scale and economic growth?
European Quality of Life Survey 2016
23 Jan 2018 - 27 Jan 2020
Carried out every four years, this unique, pan-European 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 2016 edition of the EQLS.
- Report | 19 Décembre 2019
Demographic change, social progress and economic cycles have impacted household composition in Europe. This report provides an overview of household types in the European Union, how they have changed over the period 2007–2017 and how household type relates to outcomes in terms of living conditions and well-being – such as life satisfaction, the feeling of social exclusion and mental well-being.
- Flagship report | 22 Octobre 2019
What have been the major developments in quality of life and public services in Europe in recent years, as captured by research into these areas in Eurofound’s work programme for 2017–2020? This flagship publication provides a synthesis of the main findings on several key topics, based, in part, on European Quality of Life Survey data.
- Report | 11 Juillet 2019
Public services are essential for achieving high levels of social protection, social cohesion and social inclusion. However, to be effective in this regard, services must be of good quality and they must be equally accessible to the broadest possible range of citizens.
- Report | 28 Juin 2019
This report presents an overview of living conditions in the five current EU candidate countries – Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey. It is based on the results of the 2016 European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) and covers three broad areas: quality of life, quality of public services and quality of society. The report consists of an introductory overview chapter and five country profiles. The survey results are relevant both from a national perspective and in the context of the areas addressed in the EU enlargement process.
- Blog | 08 Mai 2019
Depopulation of rural areas and the concentration of employment and education opportunities in urban centres is a fact of modern life. What impact does this have on the quality of life of rural residents? Do they feel increasingly isolated, and what are the emerging trends? New research by Eurofound highlights differences in quality of life across the rural–urban divide and finds that while rural dwellers are more likely to have a sense of belonging in their community than urban residents, they are also more disconnected from the wider world.
- Policy brief | 02 Mai 2019
Les communautés rurales répondent à des schémas spécifiques en matière de développement économique et de vie sociale. Des travaux de recherche antérieurs ont mis en lumière un fossé entre les zones rurales et urbaines en ce qui concerne plusieurs aspects de la qualité de vie. Par exemple, le niveau de vie est plus bas en moyenne dans les zones rurales.
- Policy brief | 05 Février 2019
Much policy is developed and operationalised through the prism of age, and addressing differences in the economic and social circumstances of different age groups is an ongoing concern of policymakers. This policy brief looks at inequalities in the quality of life of Europeans across six age groups.
- Report | 12 Décembre 2018
As data from the European Quality of Life Surveys and Eurobarometer show, the sharp decline in trust in institutions was a temporary phenomenon during the recession. In some Member States, trust in the EU declined more during this period than trust in national governments, but trust in the EU has generally remained higher than trust in national governments in most countries.
- Policy brief | 30 Novembre 2018
Les personnes handicapées font partie des groupes les plus défavorisés de l’UE. Cette note d’orientation examine la situation sociale des personnes handicapées en âge de travailler, en utilisant les données des éditions 2011 et 2016 de l’enquête européenne sur la qualité de vie (EQLS). La présente note examine les changements survenus au cours de cette période dans les domaines prioritaires de la stratégie européenne en faveur des personnes handicapées: emploi, éducation et formation, participation à la société, protection sociale et soins de santé.
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