Photo for illustrative purposes. Credit: TMA for Brno Daily.

Czechs Generally Satisfied With Life, But Not Necessarily Happy

Data published by Eurostat has revealed that Czechs rate their life satisfaction positively, with an average of 7.4 out of 10. Those with dependent children, highly-educated citizens, and the richest quintile of society reported being particularly satisfied with their lives. But only a slight majority of respondents reported feeling happy in the previous month. Photo: TMA / Brno Daily.

Czech Rep., Mar 21 (BD) – Czechs seem to be generally quite satisfied with their lives, reporting an average rating of 7.4 out of 10, somewhat higher than the European Union (EU) average of 7.3, according to data collected by Eurostat in 2018. In the last five years, the life satisfaction rating in the Czech Republic has increased by nearly half a point; in 2013, Czechs rated their life satisfaction at 6.9 compared to the EU average of 7.0.

The most satisfied European citizens live in Ireland and Finland, with an average rating of 8.1. Closely behind is Austria with 8.0. The lowest satisfaction is found in Bulgaria with 5.4, the only country in the EU scoring below the “satisfactory” rating of 6.0.

The Older You Get, the Less Satisfied You Become

Satisfaction with life generally decreases with age, according to the data. The only country where retirees are significantly more satisfied than younger citizens is Denmark. Other countries where older citizens were more satisfied than their younger compatriots were Ireland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden and Finland. 

Chart: Overall life satisfaction decreases with age. Elderly Czechs (over 64) rate their life satisfaction below the EU average. Data by Eurostat.

Parents of Dependent Children Most Satisfied, Singles Least

Other factors that affected life satisfaction were income, level of education, and type of household.

The most satisfied were those living with dependent children, who rated their lives 7.8 in the Czech Republic, and 7.6 across the EU. 

Chart: Of the different living circumstances surveyed, singles were the least satisfied, and those living in households with dependent children reported the highest level of satisfaction. Data by Eurostat.

Higher Satisfaction with Higher Income

Citizens with the lowest incomes were significantly less satisfied than those with the highest. The bottom quintile (the 20% of citizens with the lowest income) rated their life satisfaction 6.7, while the top quintile reported a figure of 8.1, almost 1.5 points higher.

Within the EU, the difference between those in the top and bottom quintiles was generally smaller in countries where average satisfaction was above the EU average.

Chart: In the Czech Republic, average life satisfaction increased by between 0.2 and 0.5 points with each higher income quintile, with the biggest difference between the first and second quintiles. The biggest difference between life satisfaction in the Czech Republic and the European Union overall was in the fifth quintile.

Educated Citizens More Satisfied

The higher a citizen’s level of education, the more satisfied they are with their life, by a difference of over one point; the lowest educated Czechs rated their lives at 6.8, and the highest 8.0. There was a similar trend across the EU, with the lowest educated rating their life at 6.8; and the highest at 7.8. Those who completed their post-secondary education but did not complete tertiary education rated their life satisfaction at 7.4 in both the Czech Republic and the European Union.

Gender and degree of urbanisation also made a slight difference to life satisfaction. In the Czech Republic, men rated their life satisfaction 0.1 point higher, but life satisfaction across the EU was equal between men and women.

Both Czech and EU citizens who lived in cities, towns, and suburbs rated their life satisfaction 0.1 point higher than those living in rural areas.

Only a Narrow Majority of Czechs Report Being Happy

Although citizens of the Czech Republic rate their life satisfaction with a healthy score of 7.4, only a narrow majority of 52% reported having felt happy for the majority of the previous month. The average EU citizen on the other hand, while rating their life satisfaction lower, felt happier; 62% of EU citizens reported feeling mostly happy in the previous month. 10% of both Czechs and EU citizens reported never or rarely feeling happy in the same period. Five years earlier, a minority of Czechs (45%) reported feeling mostly happy.

The least happy citizens in the EU live in Latvia and Bulgaria, with figures of 30 and 35% respectively. The happiest citizens are found in Ireland, with nearly 80%.

Top stories in your mailbox every morning.

Brno Daily Subscribe
Sign up for morning news in your mail