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Commissioner

Markos Kyprianou

Presidency of the European Union

Austria 2006 - Presidency of the European Union

Social Environment

Social Environment

A person’s social environment includes their living and working conditions, income level, educational background and the communities they are part of.  All these have a powerful effect on health.  The big differences in social environments within Europe contribute to wide disparities in health. There are big gaps in life expectancy and disease rates between rich and poor, the well and the poorly educated and manual workers and professionals.