Participation in volunteering and unpaid work

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Updated
13 February 2011
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13 February 2011
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Abstract

Just over 20% of Europeans take part in voluntary and charitable activities, though there are wide differences between Member States. The highest rates are seen in the Nordic Member States (Denmark, Finland, Sweden) and the lowest rates are in Bulgaria, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Romania and Spain. People with a high level of educational attainment are more likely to be volunteers, as are those who attend religious services regularly. Based on data from the second European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS), conducted by Eurofound in 2007, this report examines the factors underpinning people’s decision to volunteer, the amount of time devoted to volunteering among those who participate and whether participation is associated with greater life satisfaction. The study also looks at unpaid work (which includes caring and housework), the amount of time spent on it and the characteristics of those who do it frequently. An executive summary is available - see Related content.
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    Number of Pages: 
    67
    Reference No: 
    EF1102
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    Participation in volunteering and unpaid work

    Just over 20% of Europeans take part in voluntary and charitable activities, though there are wide differences between Member States. The highest rates are seen in the Nordic Member States (Denmark, Finland, Sweden) and the lowest rates are in Bulgaria, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Romania and Spain. People with a high level of educational attainment are more likely to be volunteers, as are those who attend religious services regularly. Based on data from the second European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS), conducted by Eurofound in 2007, this report examines the factors underpinning people’s decision to volunteer, the amount of time devoted to volunteering among those who participate and whether participation is associated with greater life satisfaction. The study also looks at unpaid work (which includes caring and housework), the amount of time spent on it and the characteristics of those who do it frequently. An executive summary is available.

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  • Executive summary

    Number of pages: 
    2
    Reference No: 
    EF11021
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    Monitoring quality of life in Europe: participation in volunteering and unpaid work - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound
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    This study provides empirical evidence on volunteering and unpaid work activities in the European Union. The definition of volunteering is challenging, particularly in a cross-country comparison. A clear distinction between formal and informal volunteering is desirable but difficult to achieve, given that traditions and perceptions in the Member States are diverse. This study focuses on formal volunteering – that is, voluntary work performed in an organised manner, usually under the auspices of an organisation. Read more in the report - see Related content.
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