Lithuanian Life - Quality of Society

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1. Introduction


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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) 






2.1. Quality of society


Perceived tensions between poor and rich people have decreased in Lithuania since 2011, from 60% reporting a lot of tension in 2011 to 51% in 2016. However, this is still significantly higher than the EU average of 29% in 2016. An opposite development can be observed in perceived tensions between different racial and ethnic groups: the share of respondents reporting a lot of tensions has increased continuously since 2003, reaching 20% in 2016. Yet, this share remains much lower than the EU28 average of 41% in 2016.




    2003 2007 2011 2016
Social exclusion index Mean (1-5) - 2.4 2.4 2.2
Trust in people Mean (1-10) 5.0 4.4 4.7 4.6
Involvement in unpaid voluntary work % 'at least once a month' - - 8% 5%
Tension between poor and rich people % reporting 'a lot of tension' 62% 47% 60% 51%
Tension between different racial and ethnic groups % reporting 'a lot of tension' 11% 16% 16% 20%
I feel safe when I walk alone after dark Strongly agree - - - 24%




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