European Life Satisfaction Reaches 7.1 in 2022
According to a recent report by Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, the average life satisfaction of EU residents in 2022 was 7.1 on a scale of 0 to 10. This scale ranges from very dissatisfied to very satisfied. Eurostat also noted that EU citizens aged 15-29 reported higher life satisfaction compared to those aged 65 and above.
However, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Finland were outliers. According to the report, these countries saw higher life satisfaction among older individuals compared to younger ones.
A significant difference between the subjective well-being of young people compared to those above 65 was observed in countries like Croatia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, and Slovakia. In general, the report pointed out that countries associated with lower incomes in the recent past, like Romania and Poland, were among those with the highest life satisfaction.
The top countries with the highest life satisfaction ratings according to the report include Austria, Finland, Poland, Romania, Belgium, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Czechia, Ireland, and Malta. On the other hand, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Latvia, and Croatia rank at the bottom.
The report also indicated that life satisfaction within the EU increased with higher levels of education. Additionally, individuals with higher incomes and those with dependent children reported higher life satisfaction. However, life satisfaction for households with dependent children has seen a slight decrease between 2018 and 2022.
Eurostat’s report on quality of life in European cities also found that nearly 90% of EU residents expressed satisfaction with life in their city. The top ten cities with the highest number of satisfied residents included Zurich, Copenhagen, Groningen, Gdansk, Leipzig, Stockholm, Geneva, Rostock, Cluj-Napoca, and Braga.
This report sheds light on the various factors that contribute to life satisfaction in Europe and the differences between age groups, income levels, and family dynamics. It also provides valuable insight into the overall quality of life in European cities.
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