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First European Quality of Life Survey: Life satisfaction, happiness and sense of belonging



Promoting people�s well-being is a key goal of European social policy: happy, fulfilled and engaged citizens are essential components of a flourishing society. This report explores factors underlying Europeans� satisfaction with life, their happiness and feeling of integration in their society. It looks at the impact factors such as material conditions, social relationships, use of time and feelings about society have on individual life satisfaction. The findings are based on the Foundation�s First European Quality of Life Survey 2003 which was carried out across 28 countries: the EU25, two acceding countries - Bulgaria and Romania - and one candidate country, Turkey. The report reveals that levels of individual wellbeing reflect levels of national prosperity, with dissatisfaction, unhappiness and feelings of alienation being concentrated in Europe�s poorer regions. The core message is that individual quality of life can be improved by raising standards of living, by developing the political and democratic culture in a country, and by providing citizens with better opportunities to live life according to their needs and aspirations.

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Authors: BÖHNKE P, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Dublin (IE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005. 100 pp, free of charge
Availability: Katalogue Number: TH-AM-05-001-EN-C The paper version can be ordered online and the PDF version downloaded at:
ISBN: ISBN 92-897-0924-3
Record Number: 200618630 / Last updated on: 2006-07-20
Original language: en
Available languages: en