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Trust in Slovakian national government on a par with EU average during COVID-19 crisis

Trust in Slovakian national government on a par with EU average during COVID-19 crisis

News   •   May 20, 2020 07:00 BST

Trust in Slovakian national government on a par with EU average during COVID-19 crisis.

Levels of trust in institutions could be key in combatting COVID-19

Levels of trust in institutions could be key in combatting COVID-19

News   •   Apr 06, 2020 07:00 BST

Eurofound's analysis of the 2016 European Quality of Life Survey shows that in many countries decline in trust in institutions was a temporary phenomenon during the recession that followed the 2008 financial crisis.

People aged 25-34 most likely to be in arrears

People aged 25-34 most likely to be in arrears

News   •   Mar 25, 2020 07:00 GMT

​People aged 25-34 are most likely to be in arrears in the EU, according to Eurofound’s new report on Addressing household over-indebtedness. Among this age group, 21% of people surveyed in the 2016 European Quality of Life Survey reported being in some form of arrears.

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.

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.

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.

Living standards and wellbeing improving in Latvia, but not for everyone

Living standards and wellbeing improving in Latvia, but not for everyone

News   •   Nov 15, 2019 12:45 GMT

​Quality of life in Latvia has improved significantly in recent years with the share of people struggling to make ends meet reducing from 76% in 2003 to 52% in 2016. At the same time, self-reported life satisfaction increased from 5.6 in 2003 to 6.3 in 2016 and happiness levels from 6.5 to 7.0.

Share of people in Poland struggling to make ends meet halved in 15 years

Share of people in Poland struggling to make ends meet halved in 15 years

News   •   Nov 08, 2019 07:00 GMT

The number of people in Poland struggling to make ends meet has halved to 39% since the country’s membership of the EU and the share of people at risk of poverty has decreased to 18.9% in 2018 – below the EU average of 21.7%.

Cost is a barrier to early childhood education and care in Europe

Cost is a barrier to early childhood education and care in Europe

News   •   Nov 05, 2019 07:00 GMT

While high-quality childcare and early education is of growing importance, both for children’s development and for facilitating women’s access to the labour market, Eurofound’s research shows that cost is an issue for four out of ten users of early childhood education and care (ECEC) services in the EU.

Ageing Europe puts pressure on informal care

Ageing Europe puts pressure on informal care

News   •   Oct 29, 2019 15:30 GMT

The high levels of reliance on informal care across EU Member States - with 15% or more of care being provided on an informal basis in countries such as Belgium, France, Latvia and Romania – comes with significant social and economic costs for both carers and society, including loss of employment, social protection expenditure, social isolation and the healthcare needs of informal carers.

Czechia records the lowest level of social exclusion across the EU

Czechia records the lowest level of social exclusion across the EU

News   •   Oct 28, 2019 07:00 GMT

Czechia records the lowest rates of those at risk of poverty and social exclusion across the EU at just 12.2% – considerably below the EU average of 21.7%. The number of people reporting difficulties in making ends meet has also decreased from 52% in 2011 to 40% in 2016 and perceived quality of public services has improved to be in line with EU averages.

Almost half of Austrian women work part-time to provide informal care

Almost half of Austrian women work part-time to provide informal care

News   •   Oct 25, 2019 16:45 BST

​Austria has one of the highest female part-time rates in the EU. This is linked largely to a heavy reliance on informal care where 80% of those in need of long-term care are being cared for informally by a family member. The high level of part-time work (47.9% of women compared to just 8.1% of men) has significant consequences for Austria’s gender pay gap.