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An Overview of Quality of Life in Europe

  • Daphne AhrendtEmail author
  • Hans Dubois
  • Erika Mezger
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Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)

Abstract

This chapter examines various dimensions of quality of life in Europe, using results from the European Quality of Life Survey. The third wave of this survey was carried out in all 28 European Union Member States as well as in 6 other countries from autumn 2011 to early 2012. In total, over 43,000 people aged 18 and over residing in these countries were interviewed.

Presenting findings from the latest EQLS survey, the chapter looks at subjective wellbeing in detail, while more briefly reporting on living standards and deprivation, work, private life, and work-life balance, home, housing and local environment, public services, healthcare and health and quality of society. Specific attention is given to developments since the previous EQLS survey, fielded in 2007, to assess the impact of the crisis on the quality of life of Europeans. With rising social inequalities in Europe, the chapter provides an impression of the real impact of the crisis on people’s lives and shows who has been hit hardest.

Keywords

European Quality of Life Survey Subjective wellbeing Living standards and deprivation Employment and work-life balance Family and social life Social exclusion and community involvement Housing and local environment Public services and health Quality of society Impact of the economic crisis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Living Conditions and Quality of Life UnitEurofound (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions)Dublin 18Ireland
  2. 2.Eurofound (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions)Dublin 18Ireland

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