According to Eurostat, life satisfaction in the EU decreased by an average of 0.1 points from 7.3 in 2018 to 7.2 in 2021. Satisfaction drop — result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the lives of people living in Europe.
Data provided by Eurostat show that in 2021 life satisfaction was highest in Austria, Finland, Romania and the Netherlands. On the contrary, the least “liked to live” citizens of Bulgaria — only 5.7 points.
Moreover, the data also showed that, compared to 2018, a total of 14 EU Member States registered a decline in overall life satisfaction. This is most noticeable in Ireland, which topped the list in 2018, — from 8.1 points, the indicators fell to 7.3 points. Ireland is followed by France and Denmark, which recorded a decrease of 0.5 points.
On the other hand, compared to these three years, life satisfaction has increased in Lithuania — up to 7.0 points, in Croatia — up to 6.8 points, in Greece — up to 6.8 points and in Romania — up to 7.7 points.
In addition, Eurostat explained that life satisfaction in the EU is largely related to the level of education.
“The data clearly showed two patterns: life satisfaction consistently decreased with age and increased with the level of education. The higher the level of education in a country, the more people tend to be satisfied with life, but the older they get, the less satisfied they feel, — Eurostat said in a statement.
In terms of the age of EU citizens, the figures showed that in 2021 the life satisfaction rate was 7.5 for those aged 16 to 29 and 6.9 for those over 65 .
To boost these figures, the Commission of the European Union adopted new rules in August to improve work-life balance.
In line with the new rules, which officially came into effect on 2 August Parents have additional rights, including the right to demand flexible working hours. The directive on this particular law also aims to increase women's participation in the labor market.