Living conditions and quality of life

Eurofound takes stock of post-pandemic Europe in new wave of landmark e-survey

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the lives of people across Europe over the past two years. Although EU and national-level policy and fiscal interventions mitigated some of the most severe potential economic and employment impacts of crisis, the wide-ranging consequences of the pandemic endure. It is in this context that Eurofound launches the latest round of its Living, working and COVID-19 e-survey; to document how life has changed, and provide the most up-to-date picture for policymakers as they respond to the challenges of a profoundly changed Europe.

The fifth round of the survey, launched today, takes place at a remarkable time. The COVID-19 pandemic changed the landscape of work, well-being, life and society; and although many are now returning to work and re-connecting with their communities, much has changed irrevocably. Previous rounds of the survey revealed declining mental health and trust, as well as rising inequalities, and – although they took place during times when citizens across Europe experienced more acute isolation – the now enduring nature of the pandemic brings into question long-term resilience and optimism for the future. This situation unfolds concurrently with major conflict in Europe, and an escalating humanitarian crisis that is felt across the continent and internationally.

The survey presents a unique opportunity to record the situation on the ground at this pivotal moment. It is available in 28 languages and is open to anyone 18 or older. It is designed for people living in the EU, but asks questions about quality of life, democracy and trust, working life, housing and financial situations that would be relevant and of interest to people from any country. Participation is entirely voluntary, all responses are collected anonymously, and the results of the survey will be communicated to policymakers and interested parties to contribute to the improvement of living and working conditions throughout the EU and beyond.

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