In the survey commissioned by the European Commission regarding what citizens can and cannot afford and which included EU member states and those of the Western Balkans, Albania is in charge of all questions with the highest percentage in not being able to afford certain what's this.
Albania, in fact, holds the highest score with 3.8, while the European average is around 1.1.
Macedonia and Greece follow the land of the eagles; the lowest index, however, is Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark and Sweden - which are therefore the countries that are at their best - below a value point.
The questions that were asked to the interviewees - and which led to these results - are the following:
- Can you keep your home sufficiently heated?
- Can you pay for a week's holiday?
- Can you replace your antique furnishings?
- Can you eat meat or fish every two days if you wish?
- Can you buy new clothing items and not used ones?
- Can you invite family or friends for dinner once a month?
Almost the 40% of Albanian respondents replied that they cannot afford to keep their homes sufficiently heated, more than four times the European average which is around 9%. The second question, however, even the 83% answered no, a value far above the European average of 33% and similar to the percentage of Albanian respondents who answered no also to the third question, concerning the possibility of replacing or minus the antique furnishings.
Furthermore, the 59% of respondents said they could not afford to eat meat or fish once every two days; percentage of more than seven times higher than the European average of 9%. And even for the new clothing items, more than half of the Albanian respondents (62%) said they could not afford them, while the European average is 15%. For the last question, the 47% said they could not afford to invite family friends once a month out for dinner, the highest percentage in Europe in this case too.
On the survey
In the 2016 quality of life survey, comparable and reliable data was collected across Europe, and for the first time countries with EU candidate status such as Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey were included.
The survey in these states was conducted in November 2016 - March 2017, with a randomly chosen sample of 1000 citizens for smaller countries of 1300 citizens for larger countries. In all of Europe in total they were carried out 36.900 interviews.
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