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European Quality of Life Surveys , EQLS

    • For details on all aspects of this database, see EQLS

    1. General description

      The European Quality of Life Surveys (EQLS) are a European cross-national household survey research programme on objective and subjective topics concerning quality of life developed by Eurofound. The EQLS has been carried out every four years since 2003 in all European Union member countries and candidate countries. 

    2. Survey type

    • Cross-national
    • Cross-sectional 
    • Representative national samples, ≥ 18 years of age
    • Single core questionnaire (no varying modules)

    3. Participating countries

    • EQLS 2003:
    • 27 EU member states: EU-15, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania; and Turkey
    • All countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom
    • EQLS 2007-2008:
    • 27 EU Member States, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Norway and Turkey
    • 31 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom
    • EQLS 2011-2012:
    • 27 EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey
    • 34 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuana, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom
    • EQLS 2016
    • 28 Member States and five candidate countries: Albania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey
    • 33 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

    4. Topics

    a. Socio-demographics

    • Respondent: age, sex, education, work and employment, marital status, number of children
    • Partner: age, sex, work and employment
    • Parents:
    • Children:
    • Household: age of members, sex of members, relationship of members to respondent, composition, income, work and employment of members

    b. General

      economic situation, education and skills, employment, health and health care, household structure and family relations, housing and local environment, perceived quality of society, subjective well-being, work-life balance

c. Regarding work and welfare

    working conditions, working time, work autonomy, work flexibility, job quality, job satisfaction, unemployment, social standard, income satisfaction, making ends meet, work-life balance, quality of state pension system, quality of social services, satisfaction with health, state of health, satisfaction with health services, happiness, quality of education system, income inequality

5. Questionnaires available

6. Keyword search in questionnaires

    No

7. Data available

8. Online data analysis

  • Online data visualisation tool, per country, pooled and data export via Excel; at Eurofound
  • Without registration, free of charge