Quality of life in Europe: Subjective well-being

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06 November 2013
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This report assesses the impact of the crisis on the subjective well-being of Europeans. In 2011, GDP per capita in 22 out of the then 27 EU Member States was below 2008 levels, and unemployment rates were higher in 25 out of the 27. These indicators demonstrate worrying trends, but the report goes deeper, trying to answer various questions: What is the real impact on people’s lives? Who has been hit hardest? Where have there been positive wellbeing patterns? What explains the variation in well-being across Europe? How can policy increase or stem the fall in well-being in the future? It concludes that the crisis may not be affecting everyone’s well-being equally, nor all aspects of well-being. Well-being has fallen in many EU countries, remaining highest in northern countries. However, falls in wellbeing in many western EU countries have been matched by increases in eastern countries. Population groups with low well-being include those limited by disability or illness and unemployed people. 
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    Number of Pages: 
    128
    Reference No: 
    ef1359
    ISBN: 
    978-92-8971-120-
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-03-13-423-EN-C
    DOI: 
    10.2806/37878
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    Quality of life in Europe: Subjective well-being

    This report assesses the impact of the crisis on the subjective well-being of Europeans. In 2011, GDP per capita in 22 out of the then 27 EU Member States was below 2008 levels, and unemployment rates were higher in 25 out of the 27. These indicators demonstrate worrying trends, but the report goes deeper, trying to answer various questions: What is the real impact on people’s lives? Who has been hit hardest? Where have there been positive wellbeing patterns? What explains the variation in well-being across Europe? How can policy increase or stem the fall in well-being in the future? It concludes that the crisis may not be affecting everyone’s well-being equally, nor all aspects of well-being. Well-being has fallen in many EU countries, remaining highest in northern countries. However, falls in wellbeing in many western EU countries have been matched by increases in eastern countries. Population groups with low well-being include those limited by disability or illness and unemployed people.

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    Number of pages: 
    2
    Reference No: 
    ef13591
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    Qualidade de vida na Europa: bem-estar subjetivo

    Authors: 
    Eurofound
    O presente relatório avalia o impacto da crise sobre o bem-estar subjetivo dos europeus. Em 2011, o PIB per capita em 22 dos então 27 Estados-Membros da UE estava abaixo dos níveis de 2008, e as taxas de desemprego eram mais elevados em 25 desses 27 países. Estes indicadores demonstram tendências preocupantes, mas o relatório vai mais fundo e tenta dar resposta a várias perguntas: Qual é o impacto real sobre a vida das pessoas? Quem foi mais atingido? Onde houve padrões de bem-estar positivos? O que explica a variação de bem-estar em toda a Europa? Como pode a política aumentar ou pelo menos travar a queda do bem-estar no futuro? O presente relatório conclui que a crise poderá não estar a afetar o bem-estar de todos da mesma forma, nem todos os aspetos do bem-estar. O bem-estar caiu em muitos países da UE, mantendo-se elevado nos países do Norte. Todavia, as quedas de bem estar em muitos países mais ocidentais da UE foram acompanhadas por aumentos em países mais orientais. Os grupos populacionais com um bem-estar mais baixo incluem os que são compostos por indivíduos com limitações por deficiência ou doença e desempregados.



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