Austria scores highly in new well-being index
The Local · 1 Jun 2015, 15:54
Published: 01 Jun 2015 15:54 GMT+02:00
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The EU life satisfaction average is 7.1, according to figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Eurostat looked at different aspects of well-being and used country-specific data to evaluate them on a scale of 0 to 10 (10 being completely satisfied).
Overall, Austria scored 7.8, behind Denmark, Finland and Sweden, who all scored 8. The least happy Europeans are Bulgarians, with a score of just 4.8.
Austrians gain the most satisfaction from their “personal relationships” - with a high score of 8.5 which is only bettered by Ireland (8.6).
They also gain a sense of well-being from their “living environment”, with the highest EU-wide score of 8.4. “Green and recreational areas” scored a well-being value of 8.3, as did “accommodation”.
Austria's lowest scores were for “time use” (7.3) and “financial situation” (7) - a trend echoed across the EU with Bulgaria again coming bottom for financial happiness. The annual median net income for Austrians was calculated as €23,221.
The figures were revealed on Monday as part of a closer look at data recorded in 2013 and initially released in March to mark 2015's World Happiness Day.