A study by the European statistical service (Eurostat) has shown that 71% of Cypriots have a generally favourable view of the quality of life in Cyprus.
The study takes into account a number of aspects to reach the wide-ranging life satisfaction category, including housing, employment, education, health, safety, governance, as well as environmental matters.
“The mix of statistical indicators with objective information such as income, housing conditions and work situations together with subjective evaluations results in differing levels of satisfaction depending on an individual’s priorities and needs,” Eurostat explained.
Although an even greater percentage of Cypriots rated the overall life satisfaction category with a grade higher than 6 out 10 (57.7% provided a vote between 6 and 8 out of 10 and 22.4% provided a vote between 9 and 10 out of 10), the 7.1 average satisfaction rating was reached after each individual category vote was added to the equation.
“This average is calculated by summing up all ratings provided by people on their subjective satisfaction level, which range between 0 and 10 points, and subsequently this sum is divided by the total number of respondents to obtain the average,” Eurostat noted.
Cyprus’ average satisfaction rating of 7.1 out of 10 is much higher than the lowest rated European Union member state Bulgaria (5.4 out of 10), but lower than the European Union average of 7.3 out of 10 and some way off than the highest rated member states Ireland and Finland (both have ratings of 8.1 out of 10).
However, Cyprus beats the European Union average in specific categories such as housing and overcrowding, where Cyprus scores 7.3 out of 10 (0.2 higher than the EU average) and 2.2% (14.9 lower than the EU average overcrowding rate) respectively.
Cyprus also beats the European Union average in terms of employment, where its rating of 7.3 is 0.1 above average. Greece is the lowest-scored nation in this category with a rating of 6.2 out of 10.
Cyprus also has one of the most impressive ratings in terms of safety, with the exact question posed to the people involved in the study being how safe they feel when they are walking alone in the dark. Cyprus’ rating of 57.1% is more than double that of the European Union average of 27.2% and not far off from the highest-rated EU member state Malta (66.4%).
Source: Cyprus Mail