Despite the dynamically growing economy, Hungarians are not happier than they were two or three years ago. On the contrary, many have work related issues, vg.hu writes.

According to KSH’s (Hungarian Central Statistical Office) most recent survey, Hungarians were not happier in 2014 than in 2013. The growing economy, new jobs and an increasing salary are still not making Hungarians happier. On a scale from one to ten people’s satisfaction with life has been stagnating at 6.1 for two years now. More than one fourth of Hungarians are very satisfied, while 5.2 % was very dissatisfied with their lives.

There are numerous problems in the workplace, and compared to a 7.1 points of satisfaction rate in 2013, it was only 5.8 in 2014. The changed labour code and the increased number of civil servants did not have a positive impact on Hungarians. People evaluated their financial situation as bad giving 5.2 points on average; although it is a slight increase from 2013 when it was 5.3.

The reason for the financial dissatisfaction can be most likely traced back to the weak labour market. The lower a person’s level of education was the more dissatisfied they were in life: those with a basic education had the lowest, 5.3 points on average, while people with a higher education were the most satisfied and gave 7 points on average.

The housing situation is also getting worse, and there’s a strong need for the government’s housing aids. People are the most satisfied with their personal relations, although those numbers are decreasing as well.

To the question how often they have been happy in the past month most of the adult population (57%) said that they were mostly or always happy, 15% said they were rarely or never happy, and 28% were happy every now and then.

Young adults were the happiest (6.9 points), and the score was decreasing with age. Those above 74 years were the least satisfied with life.

Hungarians’ trust in other people showed the lowest score in 2015 as well; it was 5 points on average, lower than in 2013, when it was 5.3. Experts say that trust and positive cooperation is in connection with a society’s integration and well-being. The survey also revealed that people living in big cities had more trust in other people.

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Source: vg.hu

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