The most unhappy Christmas for the Greeks

74% of Greeks believe that the quality of life in the country is not good and 82% of the population feels great pressure according to the latest Greek Statistics authority survey. This years’ LIFE SATISFACTION  research  of OECD also, brought the Greek citizens on top of misery of the 36 OECD suveyed countries .These are of the most  unhappy Christmas of the Greeks.

In the recent survey of the Greek statistics authority ELSTAT the citizens of Greece appear to be the most disappointed group in all of the EU.The survey on income and household living conditions showed that four out of ten Greeks are not satisfied with their lives, financial situation, work or living conditions. Meanwhile, for people whose income is below the poverty line, the percentage is even higher (60%).

According to the ELSTAT survey results,

  • 31.7% (56.4% of the impoverished population) claim to be completely unsatisfied or very little satisfying about the financial situation
  • 45% (50.6% of unemployed) do not trust the political system
  • Almost 1 in 2 believe that the financial situation will get worse in the next 12 months
  • 7.8% of those near the poverty line have felt disappointed, somber or depressed in the past month
  • More than 7 out of 10 do not consider the quality of life in the country to be good
  • 82% of the general population is feeling huge pressure
  • 63% of Greeks believe unemployment to be the country’s major problem.

The recent OECD survey on Life satisfaction  also, noted that Greek citizens were the most unhappy group in 36 OECD countries.Life satisfaction measures how people evaluate their life as a whole rather than their current feelings. It captures a reflective assessment of which life circumstances and conditions are important for subjective well-being. When asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from 0 to 10, Greeks gave it a 4.7 grade, the lowest score in the OECD, where average life satisfaction is 6.6.

Happiness, or subjective well-being, is also measured by the presence of positive experiences and feelings, and/or the absence of negative experiences and feelings. In Greece, 52% of people reported having more positive experiences in an average day (feelings of rest, pride in accomplishment, enjoyment, etc.) than negative ones (pain, worry, sadness, boredom, etc.). This figure is much lower than the OECD average of 76% and the lowest in the OECD.

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