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A comparison of child well-being in the EU29

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Publication details

Title of host publicationThe On-going Debate on the Assessment of Children's Conditions of Life
DatePublished - 2009
Pagespp. 9-17
Number of pages9
PublisherEuropean Network of National Observatories on Childhood
Place of PublicationFirenze, Italy
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)978-88-6374-011-0

Publication series

NameThe Proceedings of the ChildONEurope Seminar on Child Well-Being Indicators


The publication is a collection of papers from a seminar on children's well-being indicators organised by the European Network of National Observatories on Childhood (ChildONEurope) held in January 2009.

This paper is a comparison of child well-being in the 27 countries of the European Union and Norway and Iceland. It is based on 43 indicators forming 19 components derived from administrative and survey data around 2006. It covers seven domains: health, subjective well-being, personal relationships, material resources, education, behaviour and risks, housing and the environment. Comparisons are made of countries' performance on each of the domains and components. Overall child well-being is highest in the Netherlands which is also the only country to perform in the top third of countries across all domains. Child well-being is worst in the former Eastern bloc countries with the exception of Slovenia. Lithuania performs in the bottom third on all domains. The United Kingdom does notably badly given its level of national wealth.

    Research areas

  • child well-being, comparative research, social exclusion, income, poverty

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