Quality of life in Europe: Impacts of the crisis

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What determines life satisfaction and happiness? How do we value our social situation and immediate surroundings? How has this changed with the economic crisis? For the third wave of the European Quality of Life survey, 35,500 Europeans in all EU Member States were interviewRead more
What determines life satisfaction and happiness? How do we value our social situation and immediate surroundings? How has this changed with the economic crisis? For the third wave of the European Quality of Life survey, 35,500 Europeans in all EU Member States were interviewed, in an effort to gain insights to these questions. This overview report presents findings and trends and shows that the impacts of the recession are indeed noticeable and measurable in some areas, while in others there are more long-term developments to be observed. While overall life satisfaction levels have not changed much, optimism about the future and trust in institutions have declined markedly in those countries most affected by the downturn. And groups that were already vulnerable – the long-term unemployed, older people in central and eastern Europe and single parents – report the highest levels of material deprivation and dissatisfaction with their life situation. 
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    Number of Pages: 
    168
    Reference No: 
    ef1264
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1099-2
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-31-12-928-EN-C
    DOI: 
    10.2806/42471
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    Reference No: 
    ef12641
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    Kwaliteit van leven in Europa: Impact van de crisis - Samenvatting

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    Eurofound
    Wat is bepalend voor levensvoldoening en geluk, hoe waarderen wij onze sociale situatie en onmiddellijke omgeving en hoe is dit veranderd met de economische crisis? Voor de derde Europese enquête over de kwaliteit van het bestaan (EQLS) zijn 35 000 Europeanen in alle lidstaten geïnterviewd. In dit overzichtsverslag worden de resultaten en trends gepresenteerd. Daaruit blijkt dat de recessie inderdaad een merkbare en meetbare impact heeft. Hoewel de levensvoldoening over de hele linie niet erg is veranderd, zijn het optimisme over de toekomst en het vertrouwen in instellingen opvallend gedaald in die landen die het meest zijn getroffen door de economische neergang. En groepen die al kwetsbaar waren – langdurig werklozen, ouderen in Midden- en Oost-Europa en alleenstaande ouders – meldden de grootste materiële deprivatie en ontevredenheid met hun situatie.



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Part of the series

  • 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.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2012

    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 2012, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003. 

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