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    Volunteering and Intergenerational Solidarity

    Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote goodness or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. There is no financial gain involved for the individual. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served

    Low wage earners as a proportion of all employees (excluding apprentices): by educational attainment

    Low-wage earners are defined as those employees earning two thirds or less of the national median gross hourly earnings in a particular country.
    http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Wages_and_la...
    Retrieved: 26 January 2015

    Arrears (mortgage or rent, utility bills or hire purchase)

    Percentage of population in arrears. People who are in arrears of their mortgage or rent, utility bills or hire purchase.

    From whom would you get support if you needed help around the house when ill?

    Respondents were asked about the support available to them when help was needed around the house, in case of illness. Available answers were:

    1 A member of your family / relative
    2 A friend, neighbour, or someone else, who does not belong to your family or relatives
    3 A service provider, institution or organisation
    4 Nobody
    5 Don't Know
    6 Refusal to answer

    Level of citizens' confidence in EU institutions

    The level of citizens confidence in EU institutions (Council of the European Union, European Parliament and European Commission) is expressed as the share of positive opinions (people who declare that they tend to trust) about the institutions.

    Distribution of population by household type and income group

    Shows what proportion of the national population fall into a variety of household types, constructed by reference to the numbers of adult members, their age and gender, and the numbers of dependent children living with them, as well as whether their income group is above or below 60% median equivalised income. All persons aged less then 18 are considered as dependent children, plus those economically inactive aged 18-24 living with at least one of their parents.

    Group Membership

    The extent to which people participate in formal and informal groups in society is an important dimension of social cohesion (OECD, 2005, p. 84))
    http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/social-issues-migra...
    (Retrieved: 26 January 2015)

    Satisfaction with social life

    Respondents were asked to rank their perception of the quality of social life. Ranking levels ranged from 1 to 10, with 1 being very dissatisfied and 10 very satisfied. "Don't know" and "refusal" figured among the answers as well.

    Retrieved on 08.12.14, from
    http://eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_files/surveys/eqls/201...

    Trust in justice

    The indicator measures the percentage of people who "tend to trust" the justice system.

    Retrieved from, http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/cf/showchart_column.cfm?keyID=2196&na..., 12.12.14

    Trust in the police

    The indicator is a direct measure of a poll on public perception on the level of police services. Respondents were asked to share their level of personal trust on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being complete trust and 1 having no trust at all.

    Retrieved, from
    http://eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_files/surveys/eqls/201..., on 08.12.14

    Desire to be Employed

    The indicator measures the level of willingness to be employed in percentage.
    http://gesis-simon.de/simon_eusi/index.php#
    (Date of retrieval: 2 February 2015)

    Deterioration of Personal Situation Compared to the Past

    A subjective judgement of a person, who thinks/feels that his personal situation is becoming progressively worse than it was in the past

    Dwellings in Deficient State of Repair

    Percentage of households living in a dwelling with at least one of the following deficiencies: leaky roof, dampness, rot in window frames or floors.

    European and National Identity

    An indicator based on the subjective poll: proportion of respondents who "in the near future" see themselves as "(nationality) and European", "European and (nationality)" or "European only."

    Retrieved from,
    http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/eb/eb62/eb_62_en.pdf
    (pg. 62), 08.12.14

    Feeling Left out of Society

    Respondents were asked if they strongly agree, agree, neither agree or disagree, disagree or strongly disagree with the statement "I feel left out of society."

    Retrieved in December 2014, from
    http://eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_files/surveys/eqls/201...

    Freedom in the World

    Freedom in the World is the standard-setting comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties. Published annually since 1972, the survey ratings and narrative reports on 195 countries and 14 related and disputed territories are used by policymakers, the media, international corporations, civic activists, and human rights defenders to monitor trends in democracy and track improvements and setbacks in freedom worldwide. The Freedom in the World data and reports are available in their entirety on the Freedom House website

    Gini Coefficient

    Gini Coefficient(also known as the Gini index or Gini ratio) measures the extent to which the distribution of income or consumption expenditure among individuals or households within an economy deviates from a perfectly equal distribution. A Gini index of 0 represents perfect equality, while an index of 100 implies perfect inequality. (The lower its value, the more equally household income is distributed.)

    World Bank, http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SI.POV.GINI, retrieved on 18.02.2015

    Distribution of population by tenure status

    This indicator provides the percentage of people living in households who own their occupied dwelling (with or without a mortgage or loan) and the percentage of the people who rent their home (at market price or at a reduced price or for free).

    The full title of the indicator is: "Distribution of population by tenure status, type of household and income group (source: SILC)"

    Interpersonal Trust 

    This indicator measures respondents' answers to "Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can’t be too careful in dealing with people?" The measured responses were "most people can be trusted" and "can’t be too careful", only.

    https://dbk.gesis.org/dbksearch/file.asp?file=ZA4800_q.pdf

    Political Pluralism and Participation

    Political pluralism and participation are amongst civil liberties, assessed by Freedom House in their annual Freedom in the World index
    https://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world-aggregate-and-subcateg...
    (Retrieved: 26 January 2015)

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