High life satisfaction in EFTA countries

Published 25-03-2015
Residents of the EFTA countries are generally very satisfied with their lives. Their life satisfaction is among the highest in Europe, according to new Eurostat data released on the occasion of the International Day of Happiness, 20 March 2015.

The results of the survey show that in 2013, life satisfaction among people in Switzerland was on average 8.0, while people living in Iceland and Norway reported an average life satisfaction of 7.9; measured on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 means “not satisfied at all” and 10 means “fully satisfied”.

Residents of the EFTA countries are generally more satisfied with their lives than residents of the EU, where on average people reported a life satisfaction of 7.1.

However, this figure varies considerably between Member States, and inhabitants of countries such as Denmark, Finland and Sweden (8.0) as well as Austria and the Netherlands (7.8) reported a level of satisfaction equal to that of the EFTA countries.

Life satisfaction is high across all age groups in the EFTA countries, but there are some minor differences. In Iceland, life satisfaction was highest among the youngest age group surveyed in 2013, with an average of 8.2 among residents aged 16 to 24 years.

People aged 50 to 64 years reported the lowest average life satisfaction in Iceland, at 7.8. In Norway, life satisfaction was highest in the 65 to 74 age group, at 8.1, while people aged between 25 and 49 years reported the lowest life satisfaction, at 7.8. Also among the Swiss, residents aged 25 to 49 years reported the lowest life satisfaction, at 7.9, while residents aged 65 years and older reported an average life satisfaction of 8.4.

No figures are available for Liechtenstein as it did not participate in this survey.

For more detailed information, see Eurostat’s news release 51/2015. For a selection of subjective indicators on the well-being of people in Europe, see Quality of life in Europe facts and views - overall life satisfaction

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