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Quality of life improving in Europe, but progress undermined by persisting inequalities and growing uncertainty

Quality of life improving in Europe, but progress undermined by persisting inequalities and growing uncertainty

Press releases   •   Dec 07, 2017 09:00 GMT

Results from Eurofound’s 2016 European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) show general progress in the three key areas - quality of life, quality of society and quality of public services. Nevertheless, there remain signs of persisting inequalities and rising uncertainties in some areas with particular differences apparent between countries, gender, age and income groups.

New programme seeks to respond to diverse social, employment and work-related challenges facing EU policymakers

New programme seeks to respond to diverse social, employment and work-related challenges facing EU policymakers

Press releases   •   Jan 16, 2017 12:03 GMT

Eurofound has launched its new work programme for 2017 to 2020. This document sets out the activities the Agency plans to undertake in the next four years to support European decision-makers in formulating effective policies for the improvement of quality of life and work in a fair and competitive Europe during this challenging period.

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Citizen participation important driver of optimism in Europe

Citizen participation important driver of optimism in Europe

News   •   Sep 16, 2021 11:45 BST

Citizens who feel their voice counts are not only more optimistic about their own future, but also about broader society and the institutions that govern their lives.

92% of Slovakian companies report difficulties in recruiting adequately skilled employees, amid high youth unemployment

92% of Slovakian companies report difficulties in recruiting adequately skilled employees, amid high youth unemployment

News   •   Aug 27, 2021 07:00 BST

More than 9 out of 10 establishments with 10 or more employees in Slovakia report difficulties in finding suitable candidates for open positions, according to a recent Eurofound report on ‘Tackling labour shortages in EU Member States’. This is the highest proportion in the EU, followed by Romania (90%) and Malta (88%), while rates are lowest in Denmark and Greece (both 57%).

French vaccine hesitancy rates among highest in EU

French vaccine hesitancy rates among highest in EU

News   •   Jul 14, 2021 07:00 BST

Fewer than 50% of people in France are likely to take the COVID-19 vaccination, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 online survey. In February and March 2021, just 48.7% replied that they were likely or very likely to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus when it becomes available to them. This is considerably lower than the EU average at 64.4%.

Almost three quarter of people in Croatia are struggling financially during COVID-19 pandemic, but minimum wage increases slightly

Almost three quarter of people in Croatia are struggling financially during COVID-19 pandemic, but minimum wage increases slightly

News   •   Jun 25, 2021 07:00 BST

​74% of people in Croatia report difficulties making ends meet, according to Eurofound’s large-scale ​Living, working and COVID-19 online survey​. This is the highest figure among EU Member States, where the average was 45.1%. For Croatia, this number remained consistently high throughout the pandemic at 73.5% in April 2020 reporting a difficult personal financial situation.

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Vaccine acceptance hinges on transparent communication

Vaccine acceptance hinges on transparent communication

Blog posts   •   Jun 24, 2021 09:00 BST

Vaccine acceptance is key to the success of COVID-19 vaccination campaigns worldwide. Worryingly, over a quarter of people living in Europe are hesitant about taking a COVID-19 vaccine, and the level of hesitancy is especially high among heavy users of social media.

Choosing to challenge – the EU Gender Equality Strategy one year in

Choosing to challenge – the EU Gender Equality Strategy one year in

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2021 08:00 GMT

​This year’s theme to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March is Choose to Challenge (or #ChooseToChallenge, if you prefer). The idea is to highlight that ‘from challenge comes change’ and that ‘we can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality’.

Protecting access to healthcare during COVID-19 and beyond

Protecting access to healthcare during COVID-19 and beyond

Blog posts   •   Jan 20, 2021 09:00 GMT

Healthcare providers have been overwhelmed by the demand for COVID-19-related care. Medical appointments and treatments for other conditions have often been delayed, potentially leading to escalating health problems and greater future care needs among those who have missed out. If the pandemic leads to an economic crash, this rise in unmet medical needs could spiral.

Shaping the future of long-term care: A good outcome will benefit all

Shaping the future of long-term care: A good outcome will benefit all

Blog posts   •   Dec 03, 2020 07:00 GMT

An ageing Europe and rising public expenditure on long-term care have signalled for some time that the fundamentals of care provision need to be addressed. However, the shocking death toll in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that many long-term care services were ill-equipped to protect their vulnerable users have lately focused the public mind on the issue.

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Incidence of moderate to severe depressive symptoms, by country and sex, 15–24 years, 2014 (%)

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This graph, based on Eurostat data, shows that gender is an important factor in depression. In most Member States young women aged 15–24 ...

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Risk of depression (18-24 years, 2016) and reported chronic depression (15-24 years, 2014), by country (%)

Risk of depression (18-24...

There are high at risk of depression rates among young adults in several Member States, notably Sweden (41% at risk), Estonia (27%) and M...

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Trust in the media in Europe

Trust in the media in Europe

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European Quality of Life Survey 2016 Interactive page

European Quality of Life ...

The European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) 2016 Interactive page is now online in 22 languages! Get in-depth data on issues that general ...

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Have employment rates improved for people with disabilities in the EU?

Have employment rates imp...

Eurofound research shows that people with disabilities were more likely to be in employment in 2016 than in 2011. This is particularly th...

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I am the Promotions Officer at Eurofound, the Dublin-based EU agency providing comparative socio-economic research data, findings and policy pointers... Show more

  • Research Manager
  • Social Policies
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  • Senior Research Manager
  • Working Life
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