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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

    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

    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...

    Unpaid voluntary work through a political or charitable organisation

    Percentage by country of respondents to the European Quality of Life Survey who said that they did unpaid voluntary work through political or charitable organisations regularly (every week or month), occasionally (less than once a month) or that they do not volunteer.

    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

    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...

    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)

    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.

    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.

    Innovation Union Scoreboard

    The Innovation Union Scoreboard is an instrument of the European Commission, developed under the Lisbon Strategy and revised after the adoption of the Europe2020 Strategy to provide a comparative assessment of the innovation performance of EU Member States.
    The measurement framework used in the Innovation Union Scoreboard distinguishes between 3 main types of indicators and 8 innovation dimensions, capturing in total 25 different indicators.