Eurofound’s survey: Living standard in Serbia below the European average

According to a European survey on the quality of life of citizens in Serbia and the countries of the region, almost 58% of respondents cannot afford new furniture. The average Serbian citizen cannot afford 2 articles out of 6 that European analysts consider important for the living standard.

The poorest population in Serbia is between 50 and 64 years old or over 65.60% of respondents can hardly afford a holiday away from home, while 58% cannot replace worn-out furniture. 15% of respondents save on food.

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These are some of the results of Eurofound’s quality of life survey conducted between September 2016 and February 2017.

The results show that many aspects of the quality of life in Serbia are similar to those of the EU candidate countries, but at the same time, a large number of indicators are below the EU average, says Jasmina Jotev from the Serbian Statistical Office.

“A high percentage of the population has difficulties in making ends meet and there is the problem of finding a work-life balance”, Jotev adds.

Respondents in Serbia have an average standard of living of 5.7 points, similar to that in the region, while the EU average is 7. Almost 69% of the respondents in Serbia said they had difficulty making ends meet. With regard to housing conditions, one-fifth of the respondents reported having excessive humidity in their homes. This figure is half that of Albania, where 41% of respondents live with this problem and less than in North Macedonia, where the percentage stands at 26.

About 12% of respondents in Serbia do not have sufficient resources to have a properly heated home, while the EU average is 9%.

Serbian citizens seem to combine business and family responsibilities with little success. Four-fifths of them, or 83%, feel excessive fatigue from doing housework. Around two-thirds of respondents, 66%, say they have difficulties in meeting their family responsibilities, almost double the EU average.

(Vecernje Novosti, 09.01.2020)


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