The dwelling conditions of households stayed about the same as in 2016. More households than in 2016 made ends meet easily or very easily. On average people were satisfied with their lives as a whole and more people could afford one-week holidays.
What are the dwelling conditions of Slovenian households?
In 2017, 77% of households estimated that they had no difficulties in their dwellings such as leaking roof, damp walls/floors/foundation, rot in window frames or floor. This percentage remained approximately the same as the year before (2016: 76%). The greatest problem in 2017 was damp walls or foundations (16% of households reported having problems with damp walls or foundations).
Household income has an impact on the state of housing; one third of the households with the lowest income had these difficulties, while 13% of the households with the highest income had these difficulties.
Other factors also have in impact on the quality of living, for example pollution of environment, noise and difficulties with crime, violence or vandalism. 17% of households had problems with pollution and 14% of households had difficulties with noise. Difficulties with crime, violence or vandalism were mentioned by 8% of households. The shares of all those three indicators were approximately the same as in 2016.
Households who lived in the buildings with several flats had more problems with pollution, crime, violence/vandalism than those who lived in detached or semi-detached individual houses.
What are the financial capabilities of the households?
An important aspect of how people live is their subjective perception. The percentage of households who estimated that they were able to make ends meet without difficulty (easy, very easy) increased compared to 2016 by 1 percentage point (2017:15%). On the other hand, the share of those households that made ends meet with difficulty (difficulty, great difficulty) decreased by 3 percentage points (from 29% in 2016 to 26% in 2017).
Half of the households with the lowest incomes (51%) had difficulty to make ends meet (difficulty, great difficulty), which was 5 percentage points fewer than in 2016. The share of households that lived below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold and had such difficulties also decreased in comparison to the year before (2016: 60%, 2017: 53%).
47% of tenant households declared that they had difficulty to make ends meet (difficulty, great difficulty); the same problem was reported by 22% of households who are owners of the flat. Both shares were lower than the year before.
The share of households without difficulty to make ends meet was the highest in the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region (21%) and the lowest in the Pomurska statistical region (8%).
72% of households could afford annually holidays outside home for all household members, including the holidays at their relatives, summer home, etc., which was three percentage points more than in the previous year.
According to the type of household, the share was the highest in households with two parents and at least one dependent child (87%) and the lowest in one person households (60%).
The capabilities to afford the holidays were to the largest extent influenced by the household’s income. 97% of households without difficulty (easy, very easy) to make ends meet could afford holidays.
In 2017, unexpected financial expenses in the amount of EUR 600 could be handled by 59% of households, which was 4 percentage points more than in 2016.
Unexpected financial expenses could be handled by 17% of households which had great difficulty or difficulty in making ends meet and by 93% of households which made ends meet very easily or easily.
How are we satisfied with our lives as a whole?
The overall life satisfaction was assessed the highest by people living in the Osrednjeslovenska, Jugovzhodna and Gorenjska statistical regions: 7.4 (on the scale from 0 – Not at all satisfied, to 10 – Completely satisfied), which was by 0.2 higher than the national average (7.2). The overall life satisfaction was assessed the lowest by people living in the Koroška and Posavska statistical regions (6.8).
The share of persons who were severely materially deprived was the highest in the Zasavska statistical region (11.9% of persons) and the lowest in the Goriška statistical region (2.3%), while the average assessment of overall life satisfaction in both regions was higher than the national average (7.2 and 7.3, respectively). This means that the assessment of overall satisfaction does not depend only on financial and material aspects, but also, for example, on satisfaction with health, family, friends, social networks, hobbies, free time, etc.
The data indicate that life satisfaction mostly depends on the health status of people. Those who assessed their health as very good (21% of people aged 16+) were also most satisfied with their lives (average self-assessment 8.2).
Do we participate in leisure activities that have to be paid for?
More than half of people (aged 16+) in 2017 regularly participated in leisure activities that had to be paid for (e.g. sport, cinema, concerts, etc.); this is the same as in 2016 (52%). Pupils, students, better educated, those with higher incomes, working persons were more included in such activities. 17% of persons aged 16 years or more did not participate in the mentioned activities due to financial reasons, while the remaining 31% of persons had other reasons for not participating in such activities.
How often are fruit and vegetables eaten?
In a typical week in 2017, women were eating fruit and vegetables more often than men; 75% of women and 62% of men aged 16+ were eating fruit, including juice made from fresh fruit, at least once a day. The situation was similar as regards eating vegetables. 75% of women and 66% of men were eating vegetables or salad, including vegetable soup and juice made from fresh vegetables, at least once a day.
The average body weight for men was 84.7 kg and for women 67.9 kg. Men who were eating vegetables every day had on average 84.4 kg and those who were eating vegetables less often had on average 85.1 kg. For women the effect of daily consumption of vegetables was similar; the average weight of those who were eating vegetables every day was 67.7 kg and of those who were eating vegetables less frequently 68.3 kg.
The source for data on living conditions is the Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC), which was implemented with the survey in 2017 and the use of administrative and registers data mostly for 2016.T
The provisional data which were published in the First Release on 18 January 2018 are supplemented with final data. The majority of the final data are not different from provisional data.
More detailed data will be published in the SI-STAT Database on 5 July 2018. The final detailed data from the ad hoc module about “Health and Children’s Health” will be published on 13 September 2018.