Quality of life in Europe: Trends 2003‑2012

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12 febrúar 2014
Published
04 febrúar 2014
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Abstract

Eurofound has conducted the European Quality of Life Survey EQLS) in 2003, 2007 and 2011. This report compares the results from the three waves to provide evidence of trends and change in the quality of life of Europeans over a decade. It also examines whether differences across EU Member States have narrowed or remained stable. One of its findings is that subjective well-being has remained stable across the EU as whole, but it also finds that financial strain in households has grown in the wake of the economic crisis. The report proposes a more active approach to social protection, as lower household income is a strong negative influence on quality of life, and especially so in an economic downturn. An executive summary is available - see Related content.
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    Number of Pages: 
    114
    Reference No: 
    ef1364
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1126-5
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-01-13-478-EN-C
    DOI: 
    10.2806/46819
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    Quality of life in Europe: Trends 2003‑2012

    Eurofound has conducted the European Quality of Life Survey EQLS) in 2003, 2007 and 2011. This report compares the results from the three waves to provide evidence of trends and change in the quality of life of Europeans over a decade. It also examines whether differences across EU Member States have narrowed or remained stable. One of its findings is that subjective well-being has remained stable across the EU as whole, but it also finds that financial strain in households has grown in the wake of the economic crisis. The report proposes a more active approach to social protection, as lower household income is a strong negative influence on quality of life, and especially so in an economic downturn. An executive summary is also available.

  • Executive summary

    Number of pages: 
    2
    Reference No: 
    ef13641
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    Quality of life in Europe: Trends 2003–2012 - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound
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    This report explores patterns of stability or change in quality of life of the EU population aged 18 and over over the last decade. Particular attention is paid to differences between the Member States (EU12) joining the EU since 2004 and the older Member States (EU15) and between countries that have been more or less affected by the economic crisis. Specific attention is also paid to the situation of people in vulnerable situations: people on low incomes, elderly people in the EU12, single parents and the long-term unemployed. Read more in the report - see Related content.
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