Quality of life

Life and society in the EU candidate countries - Executive summary

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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