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Some improvements in the lives of people with disabilities but disadvantage remains

Some improvements in the lives of people with disabilities but disadvantage remains

News   •   Dec 03, 2018 06:00 GMT

​There has been an overall improvement in the employment and social situation of people with disabilities in the EU, with more people with disabilities in employment and actively participating in society in 2016 than 2011. However, disabled people are still significantly less likely to be in employment than people without disabilities, and they remain among the most disadvantaged groups in Europe.

Social cohesion and well-being in Europe: A home run for team EU?

Social cohesion and well-being in Europe: A home run for team EU?

News   •   Nov 13, 2018 14:00 GMT

Eurofound's latest report from the Quality of Life​ Survey looks at five key aspects of social cohesion including perceived social exclusion, perceived social tensions, interpersonal trust, participation in society and a sense of community. Collectively, these aspects have an important bearing on the well-being of citizens.

Feelings of insecurity widespread in Europe

Feelings of insecurity widespread in Europe

News   •   Oct 09, 2018 11:00 BST

Feelings of insecurity in several dimensions of life are widespread in the EU, even among those who are materially well-off. Only 1% of the EU population enjoys the highest level of security in the combined areas of personal security and security in housing, healthcare, employment and old-age income.

Quality of life in Germany is more than just making ends meet

Quality of life in Germany is more than just making ends meet

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2018 08:00 GMT

Germany’s commanding position in Europe in recent years has largely been due to its reputation as an economic powerhouse. Its place in Europe in years to come may well be defined by its ability to also become a powerhouse for social cohesion and integration.

Lebensqualität in Deutschland zunehmend losgelöst von der Wirtschaftsleistung

Lebensqualität in Deutschland zunehmend losgelöst von der Wirtschaftsleistung

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2018 08:00 GMT

Die führende Stellung Deutschlands in Europa in den letzten Jahren war weitgehend auf die Position als Wirtschaftsmacht zurückzuführen. Deutschlands Platz in den kommenden Jahren kann auch durch seine Fähigkeit definiert werden, ein Kraftpaket für sozialen Zusammenhalt und Integration zu werden

Evidence-based research is fundamental to gender equality in Europe

Evidence-based research is fundamental to gender equality in Europe

News   •   Mar 06, 2018 16:00 GMT

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March we invite you to explore the issue of gender equality in depth, to read about the different areas in which gender equality is most urgently needed. Eurofound assists in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies for all EU citizens and those that call Europe home.

Recent developments in work–life balance in Finland

Recent developments in work–life balance in Finland

Blog posts   •   Feb 22, 2018 13:00 GMT

​The European Quality of Life Survey explores a variety of aspects related to living standards, health, family and work–life balance, as well as people's happiness levels, and their perceptions regarding the quality of their society. The latest survey results for Finland paint a generally positive picture of the country in 2016, just a year before the 100th anniversary of its independence.

People on lower incomes in Europe economising on food to make ends meet

People on lower incomes in Europe economising on food to make ends meet

News   •   Feb 19, 2018 13:00 GMT

People in the lowest income quartile in the EU are going without fresh fruit and vegetables to save, and a higher proportion are buying cheaper cuts of meat or buying less meat because of money concerns. This practice is occurring throughout Europe, but there are vast differences between Member States.

Optimism about the future is up in the EU, but in some countries there are concerns for younger generations

Optimism about the future is up in the EU, but in some countries there are concerns for younger generations

News   •   Feb 12, 2018 09:00 GMT

People surveyed about their optimism for the future in Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) were more optimistic about their own future in 2016 than they had been about the future in general in 2011. This growth in optimism can partly be attributed to the improved economic situation in Europe since 2011.

Save the Date 8 March: Access and quality of public services, a debate on improving quality of life

Save the Date 8 March: Access and quality of public services, a debate on improving quality of life

News   •   Feb 06, 2018 13:00 GMT

​On 8 March 2018, Eurofound and the European Economic and Social Committee, under the banner of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU, will bring together up to 80 representatives of the social partners, EU institutions, national and regional representatives, civil society, and academics in Brussels to debate the key themes highlighted in Eurofound’s ​European Quality of Life Survey 2016​.

Taking a closer look at life satisfaction in the EU

Taking a closer look at life satisfaction in the EU

News   •   Feb 05, 2018 09:00 GMT

Nearly 37,000 people in 33 European countries were interviewed in the last quarter of 2016 for the fourth wave of the European Quality of Life Survey. The overview report presents the findings for the EU Member States. The survey revealed interesting findings in relation to life satisfaction, employment status, education, income, and household type.

Publication Alert: EQLS overview report

Publication Alert: EQLS overview report

News   •   Jan 26, 2018 10:33 GMT

​The overview report for the latest European Quality of Life Survey is now online. Nearly 37,000 people in 33 European countries were interviewed in the last quarter of 2016 for the fourth wave of the European Quality of Life Survey. This overview report presents the findings for the EU Member States.

Who is providing care home services for older people in Europe?

Who is providing care home services for older people in Europe?

Blog posts   •   Jan 18, 2018 09:00 GMT

In this blog piece Eurofound Research Officer Daniel Molinuevo looks at the changes in care home provision for older Europeans since the economic crisis, and the rising importance of long-term care from both a social and economic perspective.

The hidden potential of Europe’s economically inactive

The hidden potential of Europe’s economically inactive

Blog posts   •   Dec 20, 2017 13:00 GMT

In this blog piece, originally published in Social Europe, Eurofound Research Manager Anna Ludwinek looks at the substantial section of the population that is not working and does not figure in unemployment statistics, but retains significant employment potential.

Vast differences across Europe in making ends meet

Vast differences across Europe in making ends meet

News   •   Dec 12, 2017 15:02 GMT

Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) 2016 shows that there are vast differences in reported abilities to make ends meet at household level in Europe.

Europe – a world-class place to live and work?

Europe – a world-class place to live and work?

Blog posts   •   Dec 08, 2017 15:30 GMT

The results from the most recent European Quality of Life Survey show overall progress in the areas of quality of life, quality of society and quality of public services. We have seen improvements for many, although from low points following the economic crisis.

Europa – een van de beste plekken ter wereld om te wonen en te werken?

Europa – een van de beste plekken ter wereld om te wonen en te werken?

Blog posts   •   Dec 08, 2017 15:30 GMT

De Europese enquête over de levenskwaliteit van Eurofound geeft een uniek inzicht in de huidige levenskwaliteit van Europeanen.

Europa, ¿un lugar privilegiado para vivir y trabajar?

Europa, ¿un lugar privilegiado para vivir y trabajar?

Blog posts   •   Dec 08, 2017 15:30 GMT

La encuesta europea sobre calidad de vida de Eurofound proporciona una visión única acerca de la calidad de vida actual de los europeos.

Europa: un luogo di prim’ordine per vivere e lavorare?

Europa: un luogo di prim’ordine per vivere e lavorare?

Blog posts   •   Dec 08, 2017 15:30 GMT

L’Indagine europea sulla qualità della vita (EQLS) di Eurofound fornisce una visione unica sull’attuale qualità della vita dei cittadini europei.

Europa – ein erstklassiger Platz zum Leben und Arbeiten?

Europa – ein erstklassiger Platz zum Leben und Arbeiten?

Blog posts   •   Dec 08, 2017 15:30 GMT

Die von Eurofound durchgeführte Europäische Erhebung zur Lebensqualität bietet einzigartige Einblicke in die aktuelle Lebensqualität der Europäer.