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Eurobarometer: Estonians see themselves as sicker, less happy than EU citizens on average.

Residents of Estonia consider themselves to be less healthy and less happy, and are less satisfied with income differences than residents of the European Union on the average, it appears from an Eurobarometer survey the findings of which were published on April 23.

Despite that, residents of Estonia more often than EU citizens of the average consider life to be fair towards them and do not want the government to interfere.

Where in the EU on the average 78 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that they are generally in good health, in Estonia the ratio of such responses was 61 percent. For the latter Estonia placed fifth from the bottom in the EU. The bottom spot was taken by Latvia and the top spot by Ireland, where respectively 55 per cent and 92 per cent agreed with the statement that they are generally in good health. The ratio of those who did not agree was 22 per cent in Estonia, double the EU average of11 per cent.

Generally, residents in the eastern member states of the EU tended to see their health as poorer than those in the western member states.

The statement "in general I consider myself a happy person" was agreed with by 77 per cent of respondents in Estonia and 83 pe cent in the EU on average.

On the other hand, more people in Estonia, 58 percent, than in the EU on the average, 53 percent, agreed with the statement that "I believe that most of the things that happen in my life are fair."

Of Estonian respondents 87 per cent agreed with the statement that "nowadays in our country differences in people's incomes are too great," compared with 84 per cent of respondents in the EU on the average.

Yet the statement saying that "the government in our country should take measures to reduce differences in income levels" was agreed with by 76 per cent of respondents in Estonia compared with 81 per cent in the EU on average.

Asked about how often they felt lonely during the past week, 69 percent of respondents in Estonia and 67 per cent in the EU on the average answered "none or almost none of the time."

TBT/BNS Staff

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Date:Apr 26, 2018
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