Quality of life indicators is a Eurostat online publication providing recent statistics on the quality of life in the European Union (EU). The publication presents a detailed analysis of 8+1 dimensions which can be measured statistically to represent the different complementary aspects of quality of life, complementing the indicator traditionally used as the measure of economic and social development, gross domestic product (GDP). Eight of these dimensions concern the functional capabilities citizens should have available to effectively pursue their self-defined well-being, according to their own values and priorities. The last dimension refers to the personal achievement of life satisfaction and well-being.
For each quality of life dimension a set of selected relevant statistical indicators is presented and analysed. Trends over time and differences between countries or demographic groups are discussed. In each case the emphasis has been on highlighting interesting findings, rather than providing a complete and exhaustive presentation of all available statistical data.
Measuring quality of life in the European way uses the following indicators:
- Material living conditions
- Productive or main activity
- Leisure and social interactions
- Economic and physical safety
- Governance and basic rights
- Natural and living environment
- Overall experience of life
While informally measuring happiness in the African way (and also in Mediterranean Europe, Latin America, and parts of Asia) is done by using following other indicators:
- Consumption over Income
- Job Satisfaction
- Engaged Life Expectancy
- Irregular Basic Learning
- Decent Leisure Activities
- Stable Social Interactions
- Economic Opportunities
- Meek Governance
- Healthy Natural Environment
- Easy-going Infrastructure
- Uncomplicated Services & Taxation
- Amble Living Space
Would you please try to consider this system for measuring happiness in the EU and elsewhere?