Life satisfaction

Updated: 25 Aug 2014
Next update: 15 Jun 2021

The data concerning Finns' subjective well-being are part of the European Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, EU-SILC. Data for it are collected in Finland with the Survey on Income and Living Conditions based on which data are produced both for EU-SILC and for national income distribution statistics. Subjective well-being is one of the additional one-off data collections, whose topics and questions vary yearly and are meant to be repeated at intervals of a few years. The time for the next additional data collection concerning subjective well-being has not yet been decided, but a small part of the data is planned to be collected yearly. In 2013, the data for Finland were collected by interviewing over 11,000 persons, and they were weighted to represent the entire household population aged 16 or over.

In addition to Finland, corresponding data were collected in over 30 other European countries. Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, will compile and publish international comparative data on the topic during 2015.


Finns are satisfied with their housing conditions and relationships

In their lives, Finns are most satisfied with their housing conditions and relationships. The Finnish political decision-making system in turn gets the weakest grade. The data derive from Statistics Finland's Survey on Income and Living Conditions in connection with which data on Finns' subjective well-being and its various aspects was collected for the first time in 2013.

Finns' satisfaction with life in general is exactly 8. Women are slightly more satisfied with different aspects of life than men. The difference between the genders is most distinct in trust in the political decision-making system, where the average for men is 5.8 and for women 6.2.