Indicator full name: Life satisfaction (average score on a scale 0-10) (number of countries)
Unit: number of countries
- Supranational group of countries (COUNTRY_GRP)
- Life satisfaction score (LIFE_SATISF)
- Year of measure (YEAR)
Years data is available: 2016
Last updated: 08 February 2018
- Members of the European Union
- Members of the EU before May 2004 (EU15)
- Members of the EU after May 2004 (EU13)
- Commonwealth of Independent States
- Central Asian Republics Information Network members (CARINFONET)
- South-eastern Europe Health Network members (SEEHN)
- Nordic countries
Health 2020 core indicators were agreed by the WHO European Region Member States for monitoring progress towards the Health 2020 targets. Some of these indicators are based on official WHO sources and other are based on non-WHO sources, such as UNESCO and UNDP. Data from WHO sources can be accessed and queried at national level, while data from non-WHO sources is available in aggregated form, for groups of Member States.
Further information: DIR@euro.who.int
The joint monitoring framework (JMF) is used for reporting on indicators under three monitoring frameworks: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Health 2020 and the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) 2013–2020. The Regional Committee for Europe adopted the JMF in September 2018.
The majority of JMF indicators in the Gateway are linked to existing databases in the Gateway.
EUR/RC68/10 Rev.1 Briefing note on the expert group deliberations and recommended common set of indicators for a joint monitoring framework
EUR/RC68(1): Joint monitoring framework in the context of the roadmap to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, building on Health 2020, the European policy for health and well-being
Developing a common set of indicators for the joint monitoring framework for SDGs, Health 2020 and the Global NCD Action Plan (2017)
European Health Information Initiative:
The European Health Statistics App:
(13) 4.1.a. Life satisfaction, disaggregated by age and sex
Although well-being is a component of the WHO definition of health, to date most health assessments have been based on mortality, morbidity or disability outcomes. Efforts have been made to conceptualize well-being beyond the domain of wealth to include other aspects of life.
Well-being exists in two dimensions: subjective and objective. It comprises an individual’s experience of their life as well as a comparison of life circumstances with social norms and values. Life satisfaction comprises the subjective dimension of well-being.
The Gallup World Poll poses the Cantril Scale question in the following way. “Please imagine a ladder, with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you, and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time, assuming that the higher the step the better you feel about your life, and the lower the step the worse you feel about it? Which step comes closest to the way you feel?”