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How we rate our happiness: Higher than the Germans and on a par with the French


By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 12:14 PM on 20th November 2008




When it comes to how happy we feel it seems we're happier than the Germans and on a par with the French and Belgians, a survey has found.

The figures from an EU agency show that on a scale from one to ten the average Briton rates their state of happiness at a healthy 7.8.

The happiest people in Europe are the Danes (8.5) and the most dissatisfied are the Bulgarians (5.8).


article-1087793-0289FAE2000005DC-816_468x386.jpg An EU survey has found that the British feel just as happy as their French neighbours and more so than the Germans

The figures are revealed in a Quality Of Life poll conducted for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound).


The report finds that the Nordic countries and the people of the Netherlands place the highest trust in other people and that average European 'life satisfaction' is seven (7.3 in the UK) and average happiness is 7.5.

But the survey reveals there are wide discrepancies in happiness and general satisfaction across the EU - with those on good incomes in secure jobs and with a higher level of education, not surprisingly, scoring highest.

'The differences in terms of life satisfaction and attitudes towards the future underline the significant inequalities in living conditions and in the experience of daily life for Europeans,' said Eurofound director Jorma Karppinen.


'In particular, well-being in the former socialist countries varies greatly between social and demographic groups.


'There are marked disadvantages associated with low income, and older people are more likely to report dissatisfaction with their situation.'


The survey was based on more than 35,000 interviews with people over 18, with a sample size in the UK of 1,500.


It found health and family relationships usually ranked as the most important aspects of quality of life for Europeans.


'Family remains for most people the first port of call for support in emergencies, as well as for child and elder care,' said the report.


It is clear, however, that men and women are involved differently in the family.



Responsibilities in the household, for example, are not shared equally. Women are more likely to report involvement in caring activities on a daily basis, also spending much more time on domestic duties.


Women report spending 33 hours per week, and men over 18 hours, in caring for and educating children, while women spend 18 hours per week cooking and doing housework, as against 10 hours per week for men.


The survey found that the proportion of people who could not afford basic necessities was five times higher in the newest member states from the former communist bloc than in the long-established western European members.


Four out of five Europeans (81 per cent) said that good health was 'very important' for their quality of life but only 21 per cent rated their health as 'very good'.


In the newest member states, more people, particularly women, rated their health as 'bad or very bad'.


Access to healthcare can be a problem, with an average of 25 per cent of people reporting problems because they live too far from available doctors or hospitals.


More than 38 per cent experienced delays in getting medical appointments and for 27 per cent, the cost of seeing a doctor was a worry.


EU Happiness League Table (score from one - 'very dissatisfied' - to 10 - 'very satisfied'

Denmark - 8.5 Germany - 7.5

Sweden - 8.3 Slovakia - 7.5

Finland - 8.2 Czech Rep - 7.5

Netherlands - 8.0 Poland - 7.4

Luxembourg - 8.0 Estonia - 7.4

Ireland - 8.0 Austria - 7.3

Malta - 7.9 Greece - 7.3

Belgium - 7.8 Lithuania - 7.3

UK - 7.8 Hungary - 7.0

France - 7.8 Italy - 7.0

Cyprus - 7.7 Romania - 7.0

Slovenia - 7.7 Portugal - 6.9

Spain - 7.6 Latvia - 6.8

Bulgaria - 5.8

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