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Social support

Full name:
Availability of social support (number of countries)
number of countries
Type of measure:
Data source:
Indicators for Health 2020
Data source notes:

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:
Indicator notes:
Targets and indicators for Health 2020 version 2:

European Health Information Initiative:

The European Health Statistics App:

(14) 4.1.b. Availability of social support

This core indicator measures whether self-reported support is perceived to be available from relatives or friends. This should be distinguished from subjective “perceived support” in terms of the level of support or satisfaction with support.

The level of availability of social support is expressed as a percentage of population aged 50 years and over who responded “yes” to the survey question: “If you were in trouble, do you have relatives or friends you can count on to help you whenever you need them, or not?”