EU Sources - Quality of life surveyed - December 31, 2017

The European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) is a tool established by Eurofound for monitoring and analysing quality of life in the EU. Carried out in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2016, it documents the living conditions and social situation of European citizens. The latest edition reveals progress in quality of life from 2011 to 2016, with some dimensions having recovered to the pre-crisis levels of 2007. A decrease in material hardship and increase in satisfaction with standard of living occurred across all income quartiles in comparison to 2011. The level of difficulties in making ends meet is still higher in seven countries than it was before the crisis in 2007. In 11 countries, more than half of the population report difficulties in making ends meet. According to another tool, the TotallyMoney survey, Denmark has the best work/life balance in Europe. The survey looked at how much leisure time a typical worker has, factoring in other elements such as happiness or the cost of living. Denmark had a relatively short working week, along with plenty of bank holidays and a good holiday allowance. Compared to neighbours Sweden, the second ranked country, its average working week was 3.5 hours shorter, but with just 11, it had three fewer bank holidays. 

Read on with the Eurofound survey: in English (1) …   in English (2) …   Survey TotallyMoney: in English …

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