Indicator database

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    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

    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

    Happiness

    Mean score by country from responses to European Quality of Life Survey question 'Taking all things together, how happy would you say you are?'.

    Optimism

    Responses to question "I am optimistic about the future" in European Quality of Life Survey. Answers include strongly agree, agree, neither agree or disagree, disagree, or strongly disagree

    Quality of education system

    The mean value of the people per country [...] when asked 'How would you rate the quality of the education system in your country?'.

    Eurofound, http://eurofound.europa.eu/surveys/data-visualisation/european-quality-o..., retrieved on 13.01.2015

    Reading skills

    The indicator represents the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) test results of 15 year old school students in 65 participating countries, organised by OECD. The survey focuses on mathematics, with reading, science and problem-solving minor areas of assessment.
    This indicator focuses on reading skills.
    (http://www.oecd.org/pisa/)
    (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...

    How would you rate the quality of health services?

    This indicator is based on a question surveying the quality of the national health care system. Respondents choose on scale of one to ten, with 10 being of very high quality and 1 being of very low quality. The other two non-numerical options are "don't know" and "refusal."

    Skills in mathematics

    The indicator represents the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) test results of 15 year old school students in 65 participating countries, organised by OECD. The survey focuses on mathematics, with reading, science and problem-solving minor areas of assessment.
    This indicator focuses on skills in mathematics.
    (http://www.oecd.org/pisa/)
    (Retrieved: 26 January 2015)

    Skills in science

    The indicator represents the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) test results of 15 year old school students in 65 participating countries, organised by OECD. The survey focuses on mathematics, with reading, science and problem-solving minor areas of assessment.
    This indicator focuses on skills in science.
    (http://www.oecd.org/pisa/)
    (Retrieved: 26 January 2015)

    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

    Life satisfaction

    Average response to survey question: "All things considered, how satisfied would you say you are with your life these days" in the European Quality of Life Survey"

    Difficulty in seeing a doctor because of cost of seing the doctor

    The indicator measures difficulty in seeing a doctor because of cost being prohibitive. Respondents can choose from "very difficult", "a little difficult" to "not difficult at all."

    Retrieved from,
    http://eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_files/pubdocs/2012/64/..., 06.12.14

    Quality of national health service

    Participants were asked to grade the quality of health services in their country on a scale of 1 to 10, with "10" ranked best and "1" ranked worst. Other answers included refusal to answer or do not know.

    EQLS, 2012
    (http://eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_files/surveys/eqls/201...)

    Quality of public transport

    Average scores by country from responses to a question on the European Quality of Life Survey which asks respondents to rate the quality of public services in their country on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 means very poor quality and 10 means very high quality.

    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...

    Happiness (EVS; WVS) 

    Percentage of people who would say they are "very happy" or "quite happy" in European Values Survey & World Values Survey

    Net social protection as a percentage of GDP

    "Net social protection benefits are defined as the value of social protection benefits excluding taxes and social contributions paid by the benefits recipients. They are complemented by the value of “Fiscal benefits” provided in the form of tax breaks that would be defined as social protection benefits, if they were provided in cash. Tax breaks promoting the provision of social protection or promoting private insurance plans are excluded.

    Problem Solving (PISA)

    The indicator represents the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) test results of 15 year old school students in 65 participating countries, organised by OECD. The survey focuses on mathematics, with reading, science and problem-solving minor areas of assessment.
    PISA results reveal what is possible in education by showing what students in the highest-performing and most
    rapidly improving education systems can do. The findings allow policy makers around the world to gauge the

    Population median age

    Age that divides the population in two parts of equal size, that is, there are as many persons with ages above the median as there are with ages below the median.

    United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, http://esa.un.org/wpp/excel-Data/Population.htm, retrieved on 19.12.2014