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Croatians feel the loneliest in the EU

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Number of answers of “None or almost none of the time” in the question:

Did you feel lonely during the last week?

In all but one country, the majority of respondents say that in the week before the interview they felt lonely none or almost none of the time. Respondents in Spain (81%), the Netherlands (80%) and Denmark (79%) are the most likely to say this, compared to 45% in Croatia and 51% in Italy and Bulgaria.

In Bulgaria one fifth of respondents felt lonely most of the time or all or almost all of the time (20%), with 6% saying they felt lonely all or almost all of the time. In a further seven countries at least one in ten respondents answered in the same way – Romania (16%, 4%), Cyprus (12%, 5%), Greece (12%, 3%), Croatia (12%, 2%), France (11%, 5%), Hungary (11%, 3%) and Lithuania (10%, 5%)

Given the results above, it is not surprising that the main socio-demographic differences are between those who say they felt lonely none or almost none of the time, and those who say they felt lonely some of the time in the last week. However, it is worth noting that the majority in each demographic group say they felt lonely none or almost none of the time.

In detail:

§ Men are more likely than women to say they felt lonely none or almost none of the time in the last week (71% vs 63%). Women are slightly more likely than men to say they felt lonely some of the time (27% vs 22%).

§ Respondents younger than 55 are the most likely to say they felt lonely none or almost none of the time. For example, 71% of those aged 15-39 say they felt lonely none or almost none of the time, compared to 61% of those aged 55 or over.

§ The longer a respondent remained in education, the more likely they are to say they felt lonely none or almost none of the time. Furthermore, those who completed education aged 15 or younger are the most likely to say they felt lonely most or all of the time in the last week (13%), compared to those who completed education aged 16-19 (7%) or aged 20 or over (5%).

§ Specifically, those who did not complete primary education are the most likely to say they felt lonely most or all of the time (26%), compared to 12% who completed primary education and 7% who completed secondary education.

§ Students and employed persons are more likely to say they felt lonely none or almost none of the time (70%-76%), compared to retired persons, housepersons and the unemployed (58%-64%).

§ Respondents who describe their neighbourhood as poor are the most likely to say they felt lonely some of the time. They are also much more likely to say they felt lonely most or all of the time, compared to those who describe their areas as rich or average (17% vs 7%).


 

 

source: Eurobarometer 2018

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