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Czech Republic tops Germany, EU average in overall life satisfaction

The Czech Republic is above average in key areas of satisfaction and has improved over the past five years

Czechs are more satisfied with their lives than the average European Union citizen, according to EU statistical arm Eurostat. They were also generally pleased with their financial situations and relationships.

They are even more satisfied with their lives than the Germans, who are also above the EU average, but neither was near the top of the list. Czechs were in 10th place, while Germany was 11th. People in Poland, however, led in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region.

Eurostat asked EU residents over 16 years to rank their life satisfaction on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being most satisfied. Overall, the population of the 25 EU countries surveyed is on average more satisfied than five years ago, rising to 7.3 from 7.0. Slovakia, Ireland and Britain did not participate in the study.

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“In 2018, the mean life satisfaction … varied significantly between EU Member States. With an overall average of 8.1, inhabitants of Finland were the most satisfied with their lives in the EU, closely followed by those in Austria (8.0), Denmark, Poland and Sweden (all 7.8),” the Eurostat survey said.

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“At the opposite end of the scale, residents in Bulgaria (5.4) were by far the least satisfied, followed by those in Croatia (6.3), Greece and Lithuania (both 6.4), Hungary (6.5), Latvia and Portugal (both 6.7),” they added.

Life satisfaction increased since 2013 in 19 EU members. The highest increase was in Cyprus, from 6.2 in 2013 to 7.1 in 2018, or 0.9 points, Bulgaria up 0.6 points, and the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland and Portugal, all up 0.5 points. Belgium and Croatia remained the same, and decreases were seen in Lithuania, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Respondents living in households with dependent children have the highest mean satisfaction rating, while people living in single households have the lowest level of satisfaction. In the Czech Republic, households with dependent children had a satisfaction level of 7.8, while single people registered at 6.9.

Across the EU, life satisfaction decreased with age, and increased with both education and income levels. Gender did not play a significant role. Czechs earning in the lowest 20% had a life satisfaction level of 6.7, and those in the top 20% had a level of 9.1.

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People in the Czech Republic were also in 10th place in satisfaction with their financial situation, the highest for the CEE region. Inhabitants of Denmark, Finland and Sweden were the most satisfied with the household financial situation. at 7.6. They were followed by those in the Netherlands (7.4), Austria (7.3), Belgium (7.0), Luxembourg (6.9), Germany, and Malta (both 6.8). The EU average was 6.5.

Least satisfied were residents in Bulgaria (4.3), followed by those in Greece, Croatia, and Lithuania (all 5.2), Latvia and Portugal (both 5.4), and Hungary (5.5).

The mean satisfaction with the financial situation increased in all surveyed EU countries compared with 2013, with the exception of Denmark, Luxembourg and the Netherlands where it remained unchanged, and Lithuania where it decreased.

The highest increases were recorded in Greece, Cyprus and Portugal (+0.9), Malta (+0.8), the Czech Republic, Italy, and Slovenia (all +0.7).

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Czechs were seventh in the EU in satisfaction with personal relationships, but Slovenia led the CEE region in third place.

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“In 2018, the mean satisfaction with personal relationships varied significantly between EU Member States. With an overall average of 8.6, inhabitants of Malta, Austria and Slovenia were the most satisfied with their personal relationships in the EU,” Eurostat stated. These were followed by people in Cyprus and Sweden (both 8.5), Finland (8.4) and the Czech Republic (8.3).

Least satisfied were residents in Bulgaria (6.6) followed by those in Greece (7.1), Croatia (7.5), Italy, Hungary and Romania (all 7.6) were the least satisfied.

Among surveyed countries, the mean satisfaction with personal relationships in 2018 increased since 2013 in 18 states.

“The highest increases were recorded in Bulgaria (from 5.7 in 2013 to 6.6 in 2018, or +0.9), Cyprus (+0.5), Spain (+0.4), Estonia, Italy, Portugal and Slovenia (all +0.3). Compared with 2013, the mean satisfaction with personal relationships remained unchanged in two member states: Hungary and Romania, while a decrease was recorded in five member states: Denmark, Latvia and the Netherlands (all -0.3), Lithuania and Luxembourg (both -0.2),” Eurostat said.

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