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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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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.

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What now for Europe?

What now for Europe?

Blog posts   •   May 30, 2019 15:30 BST

The votes have been cast, tallied and declared and we can now see the political landscape of the new European Parliament. To what extent have mixed developments in employment and quality of life contributed to the more fractured political landscape? And can the EU continue to deliver to the more diverse demands of citizens across Europe?

Lebensqualität in Deutschland zunehmend losgelöst von der Wirtschaftsleistung

Lebensqualität in Deutschland zunehmend losgelöst von der Wirtschaftsleistung

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2018 08:00 GMT

Die führende Stellung Deutschlands in Europa in den letzten Jahren war weitgehend auf die Position als Wirtschaftsmacht zurückzuführen. Deutschlands Platz in den kommenden Jahren kann auch durch seine Fähigkeit definiert werden, ein Kraftpaket für sozialen Zusammenhalt und Integration zu werden

Quality of life in Germany is more than just making ends meet

Quality of life in Germany is more than just making ends meet

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2018 08:00 GMT

Germany’s commanding position in Europe in recent years has largely been due to its reputation as an economic powerhouse. Its place in Europe in years to come may well be defined by its ability to also become a powerhouse for social cohesion and integration.

Recent developments in work–life balance in Finland

Recent developments in work–life balance in Finland

Blog posts   •   Feb 22, 2018 13:00 GMT

​The European Quality of Life Survey explores a variety of aspects related to living standards, health, family and work–life balance, as well as people's happiness levels, and their perceptions regarding the quality of their society. The latest survey results for Finland paint a generally positive picture of the country in 2016, just a year before the 100th anniversary of its independence.

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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

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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

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Daniel Molinuevo is a research officer in the Living Conditions and Quality of Life unit since June 2010. Prior to his appointment, Daniel worked in a... Show more