Lithuanian Lifestyle – Quality of Life

Lithuanian Lifestyle – Quality of Life

1. Introduction

Eurofound provides research, data and analysis on a wide range of social and work-related topics. This information is largely comparative, but also offers country-specific information for each of the 28 EU Member States. Most information is available in English but some has been translated to facilitate access at national level.

Eurofound strives to strengthen the ongoing link between its own work and national policy debates and priorities related to quality of life and work. Increasingly important in this context is the Europe 2020 growth and jobs strategy launched in 2010, which has five headline targets, covering employment through to social inclusion and poverty reduction. The strategy is implemented in the context of the European Semester process – the EU’s annual cycle of economic policy guidance and surveillance – which ensures that Member States keep their budgetary and economic policies in line with their EU commitments through, in part, National Reform Programmes.

 

European Commission: The European Semester

European Commission: The European Semester – EU country-specific recommendations

European Commission: European Semester documents for Lithuania

2. Living in Lithuania

country-level data from the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS)

Overall, the quality of life indicators have experienced positive developments in Lithuania during the years of observation in Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS). Life satisfaction has increased in Lithuania in recent years, from 5.4 in 2003 to 6.5 in 2016, therefore advancing towards the respective EU28 average of 7.1 (on a scale of 1–10). Similarly, the share of respondents reporting difficulties in making ends meet has decreased from 84% in 2003 to 57% in 2016. However, the share is still higher than the EU28 average of 39% in 2016. In 2016, 69% of respondents in Lithuania were optimistic about their children’s or grandchildren’s future, which was higher than the average of 57% for the EU28 respondents.

 

 

2003

2007

2011

2016

Life satisfaction

Mean (1-10)

5.4

6.3

6.7

6.5

Taking all things together on a scale of 1 to 10, how happy would you say you are?

Mean (1-10)

6.5

7.3

7.0

7.0

Optimism about own future

Agree & strongly agree

63%

Optimism about children’s or grandchildren’s future

Agree & strongly agree

69%

Take part in sports or physical exercise

At least once a week

33%

38%

In general, how is your health?

Very good

11%

11%

11%

WHO-5 mental wellbeing index

Mean (1-100)

58

58

62

Making ends meet

With some difficulty, difficulty, and great difficulty

84%

64%

68%

57%

I feel I am free to decide how to live my life

Strongly agree

24%

28%

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