Foundation Findings - Quality of life in urban and rural Europe

Foundation Findings
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10 Samhain 2014
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This policy brief highlights findings on a specific topic from Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) that is of particular interest from a policy perspective. It brings results of the analysis of these data together with evidence from other Eurofound projects to formulate a number ofRead more

This policy brief highlights findings on a specific topic from Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) that is of particular interest from a policy perspective. It brings results of the analysis of these data together with evidence from other Eurofound projects to formulate a number of policy pointers. This policy brief focuses on differences in the quality of life between urban and rural Europe. About half (51%) of Europeans report that they live in a medium to large town (25%) or in a city or city suburb (26%), while 49% live in the open countryside, a village or small town. Since 2007, there has been a decrease in the number of people living in the open countryside and an increase in those living in medium to large towns.

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  • European Quality of Life Surveys

    The European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2003, with the latest edition in 2016. It examines both the objective circumstances of people's lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. It covers issues around employment, income, education, housing, family, health and work–life balance. It also looks at subjective topics, such as people's levels of happiness and life satisfaction, and perceptions of the quality of society.

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