Eurostat has published a new study on Europeans’ perception of their health on the occasion of the World Health Day.
The study finds that of all persons aged 25 to 64 living in the European Union (EU), three-quarters perceived their health status as very good or good, slightly fewer than 20% as fair and below 7% as bad or very bad.
The study also found that education level has an influence on health status: while just over 60% of the EU population aged 25-64 with a low education level perceived their health as very good or good, this proportion hit 85% for those with a tertiary education level. This pattern is observed for all ages between 25 and 64.
The highest share of population feeling healthy was found in Greece and Ireland.
Among the EU Member States, more than 8 out of ten persons aged 25 to 64 felt in very good or good health conditions in Greece (84.6%) and Ireland (84.2%), ahead of Sweden (82.9%), Cyprus (82.7%), Malta (82.6%) and the Netherlands (80.1%). In contrast, the highest share of the population aged 25 to 64 perceiving their health as bad or very bad was recorded in Croatia (13.4%), followed by Hungary (11.4%) and Portugal (11.3%).