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Quality of life improving in Europe, but progress undermined by persisting inequalities and growing uncertainty

Quality of life improving in Europe, but progress undermined by persisting inequalities and growing uncertainty

Press Releases   •   Dec 07, 2017 09:00 GMT

Results from Eurofound’s 2016 European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) show general progress in the three key areas - quality of life, quality of society and quality of public services. Nevertheless, there remain signs of persisting inequalities and rising uncertainties in some areas with particular differences apparent between countries, gender, age and income groups.

Reminder: Invitation to the Foundation Forum 2017 #DublinForum17

Reminder: Invitation to the Foundation Forum 2017 #DublinForum17

Press Releases   •   Nov 09, 2017 08:00 GMT

The Foundation Forum is Eurofound’s flagship event, aimed at reaching high-level policymakers in the field of social, employment and work-related policies. The event takes place in Dublin on 14-15 November 2017.

‘Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work’ - new report highlights opportunities and challenges of expanding telework

‘Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work’ - new report highlights opportunities and challenges of expanding telework

Press Releases   •   Feb 15, 2017 12:10 GMT

The expanding use of digital technologies such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers for work for home and elsewhere is rapidly transforming the traditional model of work. It can improve work-life balance, reduce commuting time, and boost productivity, but it can also potentially result in longer working hours, higher work intensity and work-home interference.

New programme seeks to respond to diverse social, employment and work-related challenges facing EU policymakers

New programme seeks to respond to diverse social, employment and work-related challenges facing EU policymakers

Press Releases   •   Jan 16, 2017 12:03 GMT

Eurofound has launched its new work programme for 2017 to 2020. This document sets out the activities the Agency plans to undertake in the next four years to support European decision-makers in formulating effective policies for the improvement of quality of life and work in a fair and competitive Europe during this challenging period.

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Forthcoming research: Burnout in Europe

Forthcoming research: Burnout in Europe

News   •   Aug 17, 2018 11:46 BST

In September Eurofound will release a new report on Burnout in Europe, examining what causes burnout, the effects of burnout, and mapping where in Europe it is considered an occupational disease.

Social mobility: Going up? Or down?

Social mobility: Going up? Or down?

News   •   Jul 23, 2018 09:00 BST

It seems that social structures are hardening. As the modernisation of economies subsides, fewer new jobs are being created at the higher occupational levels, and this is curtailing upward mobility.

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News   •   Jul 16, 2018 09:00 BST

​It is well known that women take more responsibility for the care of their children than men. According to the 2016 EQLS, 88% of mothers compared to 64% of fathers in the EU care for their children every day. These fathers estimate they give 21 hours a week to the care of their children, while the mothers dedicate 39 hours per week.

Europe’s recovery means a better life for many, but not all

Europe’s recovery means a better life for many, but not all

News   •   Jun 12, 2018 12:00 BST

​The number of people active in the labour market is at an all-time high, ratings for key public services are increasing and there is a marked recovery in trust in national institutions in many Member States, these developments are detailed in Eurofound’s latest Living and working in Europe yearbook for 2017.

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Europe’s economic recovery continues in times of political instability

Europe’s economic recovery continues in times of political instability

Blog posts   •   Jun 18, 2018 13:00 BST

Europe is showing visible signs of progress; in most countries, labour markets are healthier than they have been in a decade, with more people active and in work than ever before, while social exclusion is declining. However, it is also a continent in transition, where an imbalance in opportunities for prosperity and quality of life directly determines to what extent you have felt this recovery.

Long-term unemployed youth: The legacy of the crisis

Long-term unemployed youth: The legacy of the crisis

Blog posts   •   Apr 17, 2018 15:00 BST

In this blog, originally posted in Social Europe, Massimiliano Mascherini looks at the enduring issue of long-term unemployment among young people. Despite considerable improvement in the labour market participation of youth in recent years, the legacy of the crisis is still visible in the substantial increase in the cohort of long-term unemployed young people.

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

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Average household disposable income across countries (in PPP, EU24 = 100)
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6EWCS Report cover

6EWCS Report cover

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Get informed about the latest economic and social developments in Europe via our social media pages and our dedicated newsroom.

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Eurofound 40 Celebration Video (Motion Graphics)

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Perspectives on the work of Eurofound. Made four our 40th anniversary.

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6 Second Promo - Eurofound yearbook 2014

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The 'Eurofound yearbook 2014: Living and working in Europe' provides a snapshot of the living and working conditions of people in Europe,...

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Eurofound - the first 40 years (short) HD

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'Eurofound - the first 40 years' is a motion graphics video of Eurofound's contribution to the creation of social Europe. This is the sho...

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Interview with Martina Bisello on Youth Entrepreneurship in Europe Report

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Martina Bisello, Research Officer at Eurofound and co-author of the report 'Youth entrepreneurship in Europe: Values attitudes, policies'...

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  • Research Information Officer
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Camilla Galli da Bino is research information officer in the Working Life unit at Eurofound

  • Social Policies Trainee
  • Quality of life and public services
  • Lalcurdpa.mlPokyntoeinozenec@enfurpiofvaouvsndog.eyjuroroplfa.woeuny nz
Laura Pöntinen is the Social Policies trainee at Eurofound, working primarily on the European Quality of Life Survey 2016.

  • Research Officer
  • Living Conditions and Quality of Life
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Daniel Molinuevo is a research officer in the Living Conditions and Quality of Life unit since June 2010. Prior to his appointment, Daniel... Show more

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Mathijn Wilkens joined Eurofound in 2015 and works on projects about job quality and its effects on health and well-being, often using the... Show more