Quality of life

Social cohesion and well-being in Europe - Executive summary

Social cohesion implies a sense of togetherness, resilience and orientation towards the common good. There is evidence that living in a cohesive society has a positive impact on subjective well-being, helping to improve the lives of citizens. The well-being of countries and individuals has been increasingly recognised as a societal asset and as an important benchmark for evaluating human progress. Against this background, the present report uses five research questions to assess the current level of social cohesion in the EU, its change over time, risk groups and main drivers, as well as the extent to which it relates to subjective well-being.

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