Quality of Life (QoL) > Data: background information

The Sponsorship Group recommends organising a set of quality of life (QoL) indicators for the EU on the basis of the following 8 + 1 dimensions:

Quality of Life (QoL) indicators organisation

8 of these relate to people’s capabilities to pursue their self-defined wellbeing in accordance with their own values and priorities. The last dimension, ‘overall experience of life’, refers to the personal perception of quality of life (i.e. life satisfaction, emotions, meaning of life).

The data presented here come from several sources from the European Statistical System (ESS):

  • EU-SILC (statistics on income and living conditions) 
  • LFS (labour force survey) 
  • EHIS (European Health Interview Survey)
  • administrative sources.

If there are no data from the European Statistical System (ESS), external links to non-ESS sources, such as the EQLS (European Quality of Life Survey), are used as placeholders.

Details on the 8+1 dimensions

The 8+1 dimensions are further broken down into topics and subtopics with their related indicators as outlined below. In order to see the full table, please click on "more" at the bottom of the first box.

Dimension Topic / subtopic
Material living conditions


Consumption Constrained consumption
Consumption (including non-market consumption and government provided services)
Material conditions Material deprivation
Housing conditions



Productive or other main activity Quantity of employment Employment and unemployment
Underemployment (quantity)
Underemployment (quality)
Quality of employment Income and benefits from employment
Health and safety at work
Work/life balance
Temporary work
Assessment of  the quality of employment

Other main activity

Health Outcomes Life expectancy
Morbidity & health status

Drivers: healthy and unhealthy behaviors

Access to healthcare

Education Competences and skills Educational attainment
Self-reported skills
Assessed skills

Lifelong learning

Opportunities for education

Leisure and social interactions Leisure Quantity of leisure
Quality of leisure
Access to leisure
Social interactions Activities with people
Activities for people
Supportive relationships
Social cohesion
Economic and physical safety Economic security and vulnerability Wealth (assets)
Income insecurity (including job)

Physical and personal security

Perception of physical safety
Governance and basic rights

Institutions and public services

Trust and/or satisfaction in institutions
Trust and/or satisfaction in public services

Discrimination and equal opportunities

Active citizenship

Natural and living environment

Pollution (including noise)

Access to green and recreational spaces

Landscape and built environment

Overall experience of life

Life satisfaction


Meaning and purpose