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Quality of life in Europe 2003-2007

Rose, Richard and Munro, Neil and Wallace, Claire (2009) Quality of life in Europe 2003-2007. [Report]

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Abstract

The quality of life concept focuses on areas of life important to ordinary people, such as relations with family and friends, as well as issues relevant to public policy, such as housing and social tensions. Two European Quality of Life Surveys (EQLS), carried out by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) in 2003 and 2007, provide evidence of change in all 27 EU Member States. Each study assessed public opinion in Member States through nationally representative sample surveys. This study reviews patterns of stability or change in the quality of life of the EU population as a whole. It analyses the extent to which EU enlargement has altered the quality of life in new Member States, as well as the degree of change among people with an inadequate income, different age groups, and men and women. Moreover, it assesses the vulnerability of particular groups to the current economic recession.