Quality of life

Life and society in the EU candidate countries

Report
Updated
28 Јуни 2019
Published
28 Јуни 2019
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Executive summary in 22 languages

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Abstract

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. They are also instructive in the broader context of the Sustainable Development Goals, which countries sometimes struggle to assess due to a lack of comprehensive monitoring measures. The EQLS results show that some aspects of quality of life are similar across the candidate countries. On a number of indicators, they score lower than the EU28 average, but the quality of certain public services is ranked relatively high in these countries.

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    72
    Reference No: 
    EF18032
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1877-6
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-02-19-310-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/663872
    Catalogue info

    Life and society in the EU candidate countries

    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.

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  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF180321
    Catalogue info

    Life and society in the EU candidate countries - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Over the years, Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) has developed into a valuable set of indicators that complement traditional indicators of economic growth and living standards, such as gross domestic product or income. The five current EU candidate countries – Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey – were included in the 2016 wave of the EQLS, and information on changes over time is available for some, based on the previous survey rounds (2003, 2007 and 2011). The report reviews three broad areas – quality of life, quality of public services and quality of society – and covers indicators on: subjective well-being, standard of living, aspects of deprivation and the work–life balance; healthcare, long-term care, childcare and other public services; social insecurity, perceptions of social exclusion and societal tensions, trust in people and institutions, participation and community engagement, and involvement in training. The report consists of an introductory overview chapter and five country profiles. 

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Part of the series

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2016

    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.

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