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Decreasing levels of perceived tensions in society in Greece could help offset some of the impact of COVID-19

Decreasing levels of perceived tensions in society in Greece could help offset some of the impact of COVID-19

News   •   Mar 24, 2020 15:30 GMT

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown societies around the world into flux and threatens to undo some of the positive progress that has taken place in recent years. However decreasing levels of societal tensions, such has been the case in Greece, may be a positive indicator of strengthening solidarity in society which is important in these difficult times.

Europe’s pre-existing household debt condition likely to be exacerbated by virus crisis

Europe’s pre-existing household debt condition likely to be exacerbated by virus crisis

News   •   Mar 24, 2020 07:00 GMT

The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and the economic and social challenges that it entails, comes at a time when many vulnerable groups in Europe were already exposed to debt and arrears, according to Eurofound’s new research on household indebtedness.

Economic progress in Hungary concentrated in the capital, regional disparities growing

Economic progress in Hungary concentrated in the capital, regional disparities growing

News   •   Mar 14, 2020 07:00 GMT

​Hungary has recorded a remarkable improvement in the level of labour market participation over the last decade and unemployment rates have fallen to some of the lowest levels in the EU. At the same time, life satisfaction in Hungary has increased from 5.9 in 2003 to 6.5 in 2016 and the share of population struggling to make ends meet has been on a downward trajectory.

Men outnumber women in management by almost two to one in EU

Men outnumber women in management by almost two to one in EU

News   •   Mar 05, 2020 14:30 GMT

Men outnumber women in management positions by almost two to one in the EU, despite women constituting 48% of the labour market. On average, women made up just 36% of all managers in the EU in 2015, and despite some progress being made in recent years, men outnumber women in management positions in almost all sectors.

Composition of households changing in Bulgaria as living standards improve

Composition of households changing in Bulgaria as living standards improve

News   •   Mar 02, 2020 16:30 GMT

Bulgaria has experienced seismic shifts in typical household composition over the last decade; reporting the largest decrease in the share of multigenerational households in the EU, as well as increasing levels of cohabitation and people living alone. These societal trends occur at the same time as improving quality of life, higher labour market participation rates and population ageing.

Stagnating gender employment gap costs Europe €360 billion per year

Stagnating gender employment gap costs Europe €360 billion per year

News   •   Mar 02, 2020 07:00 GMT

New calculations from Eurofound show that the difference in female and male employment rates cost the EU, including the United Kingdom, over €360 billion in 2018.

EU priorities: Working for a strong Europe

EU priorities: Working for a strong Europe

News   •   Feb 27, 2020 15:46 GMT

The new von der Leyen Commission took office on 1 December 2019. Having adopted its first work programme on 29 January 2020, the Commission sets out its plans for a transition to a fair, climate-neutral and digital Europe. It outlines six top priorities. Eurofound’s work directly feeds into a number of these key areas aimed at creating a strong social Europe.

France, Sweden and Finland have highest cohabitation rates in EU

France, Sweden and Finland have highest cohabitation rates in EU

News   •   Feb 24, 2020 07:00 GMT

Cohabitation – couples living together without being married – is on the rise in Europe. Eurofound’s calculations of EU data shows that France (13%), Sweden (13%) and Finland (12%) recorded the highest co-habitation rates in the EU in 2017.

Estonians report higher levels of optimism, increased satisfaction with public services

Estonians report higher levels of optimism, increased satisfaction with public services

News   •   Feb 22, 2020 07:00 GMT

Estonia reports substantial increases to life satisfaction and happiness levels over the last fifteen years and optimism for the future is high with 69% feeling optimistic for their children’s or grandchildren’s future - above the EU average of 57%. Coupled with this, the perceived quality of public services has improved with childcare and public transport seeing the greatest increases.

One in three households in EU is now single occupancy

One in three households in EU is now single occupancy

News   •   Feb 18, 2020 07:00 GMT

A new analysis of EU-level data by Eurofound shows that one in three households in the EU is now single occupancy. Germany now has the largest proportion of the population living in single-person households, and large increases in the share of the population living alone have been reported in Lithuania and Bulgaria.

Quality of life improving in Lithuania although signs of inequality remain, particularly for older people, women

Quality of life improving in Lithuania although signs of inequality remain, particularly for older people, women

News   •   Feb 14, 2020 12:00 GMT

Lithuania has experienced significant improvements to the perceived quality of public services and overall living standards in recent years. However, despite overall increases to quality of living standards, income inequality has been increasing since the financial crisis, making Lithuania’s income distribution the second most unequal in the EU.

Budapest, Paris and Amsterdam report longest commuting times among EU capitals

Budapest, Paris and Amsterdam report longest commuting times among EU capitals

News   •   Feb 13, 2020 08:00 GMT

People living in Budapest, Paris and Amsterdam report among the longest commuting times in the EU, according to Eurofound's new analysis of the 2016 European Quality of Life Survey.

Dublin and London have higher proportion of people struggling to cope

Dublin and London have higher proportion of people struggling to cope

News   •   Feb 03, 2020 07:00 GMT

Dublin and London have a higher proportion of people that report low resilience, which is an expressed difficulty to cope with important life problems, than both the national averages and the EU average. This goes against the general trend that people living in capital cities have a higher level of resilience than other urban or rural areas.

People in Europe’s capitals more satisfied with their lives

People in Europe’s capitals more satisfied with their lives

News   •   Jan 31, 2020 07:00 GMT

People living in the capital cities in Europe generally have a better quality of life and report higher life satisfaction than those living in other parts of the country. Capital cities also have a larger proportion of people who report feeling being able to cope during times of hardship than other urban centres and rural regions.

Finland reports some of highest quality of life standards in the EU, but work-life balance is on the decline

Finland reports some of highest quality of life standards in the EU, but work-life balance is on the decline

News   •   Dec 05, 2019 13:15 GMT

​Finland reports some of the highest quality of life standards across the EU with happiness, life satisfaction and trust ranking top across the EU28 – to name just a few areas of high performance.

Combating labour market segmentation in Europe

Combating labour market segmentation in Europe

News   •   Dec 02, 2019 16:30 GMT

A common understanding of labour market segmentation is necessary to tackle poor quality jobs with lack of opportunities, affecting especially young people, women, immigrants and lower-educated individuals on the labour market. A new ambitious report explores why segmentation is problematic and identifies policy approaches which could be helpful in tackling this phenomenon.

Trust in EU one of highest in Romania and quality of public services increase to near EU levels

Trust in EU one of highest in Romania and quality of public services increase to near EU levels

News   •   Nov 29, 2019 15:23 GMT

As Romania celebrates its national day on Sunday, we mark the occasion by sharing our research and analysis to provide a snapshot of current living and working conditions.

First-generation migrants more likely to have third-level education

First-generation migrants more likely to have third-level education

News   •   Nov 29, 2019 07:00 GMT

First-generation migrants in the EU are significantly more likely to have attained tertiary qualifications than natives and second-generation migrants. However, first-generation migrant workers are also more likely to have primary education only, compared to the native population. This shows that educational attainment is more polarised.

First-generation migrant workers 10 times more likely to experience discrimination than natives

First-generation migrant workers 10 times more likely to experience discrimination than natives

News   •   Nov 28, 2019 09:00 GMT

First-generation migrant workers are 10 times more likely to report experiencing discrimination linked to race, ethnic background or colour than native workers; second-generation migrants are five times more likely. Overall, just 2% of workers reported discrimination on these grounds in the European Working Conditions Survey, but for those that are first-generation migrants this climbed to 10%.

Access to education key for employment opportunities for people with disabilities

Access to education key for employment opportunities for people with disabilities

News   •   Nov 28, 2019 07:00 GMT

Eurofound research shows that people with disabilities were more likely to be in employment in 2016 than in 2011. This is particularly the case for people with disabilities that have a third-level education. Despite these improvements, there remains a significant employment gap between people with and without disabilities.