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    Fuel prices

    "The price of fuel in the EU, including the cost price, excise duty and VAT. Prices are in Euros per litre."

    (EEA, http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/indicators/fuel-prices-and-taxes, 2014-12-17)

    At-risk-of-poverty rate, by age group      

    The indicator is defined as the share of persons with an equivalised disposable income below the risk-of-poverty threshold, which is set at 60 % of the national median equivalised disposable income (after social transfers).

    Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/products-datasets/-/tessi012, Retrieved on 17.12.2014

    NOTE: Metadata currently unavailable due to a broken link on the Eurostat website. To be added later.

    Household saving rate   

    "The gross household saving rate measures the portion of disposable income that is not used by the household for final consumption. It is measured by gross saving divided by gross disposable income adjusted for the change in the net equity in pension fund reserves."
    (Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/cache/metadata/EN/tsdec240_esmsip.htm, 13-01-2015)

    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.

    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.

    Quality of social housing services

    Average value of the answer to the question 'How would you rate the quality of social housing services in your country?', with 10 being the highest quality.

    Energy taxes by paying sector

    "This indicator presents the percentage share of energy tax revenues by the paying sector. The indicator presents the percentage of energy taxes paid by 'households', 'industry and construction', 'agriculture, forestry and fishing', 'transportation and storage' and the 'services' sector."
    (Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/tgm/refreshTableAction.do?tab=table&plugin=..., 2015-03-25)

    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.

    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)"

    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.

    Harmonized Indices of Consumer Prices (HICPs) – housing

    This indicator shows the Harmonized Indices of Consumer Prices (HICPs) for the different purposes of housing. The aspects which are covered to compare consumer price inflation on housing are: housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels.

    (Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/tgm/table.do?tab=table&plugin=1&language=en, 16-01-2015)

    Better Life Index

    The Better Life index is an interactive tool that allows you to see how countries perform according to the importance you give to each of 11 topics.

    Human Wellbeing Index

    The HWI is designed to be a more holistic measure of socioeconomic conditions than narrow monetary indicators such as the Gross Domestic Product. It covers more aspects of human wellbeing than the United Nations’ Human Development Index.

    It is the unweighted average of indices of health and population, wealth, knowledge, community and equity. To prevent a high score for equity from offsetting poor human conditions, equity is included in the HWI only when it does not raise the index.

    Legatum Prosperity Index

    The Prosperity Index is a global measurement of prosperity based on both income and wellbeing. The Index analysed the countries across 8 sub-indices – Economy, Entrepreneurship & Opportunity, Governance, Education, Health, Safety & Security, Personal Freedom and Social Capital.

    Proportion of population below $1.25 (PPP) per day

    The poverty rate at $1.25 a day is the proportion of the population living on less than $1.25 a day, measured at 2005 international prices, adjusted for purchasing power parity (PPP).

    Purchasing power parities (PPP) conversion factor, private consumption, is the number of units of a country’s currency required to buy the same amount of goods and services in the domestic market as a U.S. dollar would buy in the United States. This conversion factor is applicable to private consumption.

    Price level ratio of PPP conversion factor (GDP) to market exchange rate

    Price level ratio of PPP conversion factor (GDP) to market exchange rate tells “how many dollars are needed to buy a dollar's worth of goods in the country as compared to the United States.”
    (World Bank, http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/PA.NUS.PPPC.RF (link is external), 20-01-2015)

    Fossil fuel subsidies

    This indicator offers data about subsidies for fossil fuels. The information is provided in form of proportion rates of the full cost of supply in percentage. Its differentiates between coal, oil, gas and electricity. Also subsidies as amount per citizen, total subsidies as share of GDP and average subsidies rate are provided. (http://www.worldenergyoutlook.org/resources/energysubsidies/)