Slovenia Occupies the Sixth Place in Europe According to the Children’s Quality of Life
The Institute for Social Protection, in cooperation with UNICEF and the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Policy, prepared a child well-being ranking in 27 European countries. Slovenia occupies the 6th place (together with Sweden) being among the countries with a much higher GDP.
The ranking makes it possible to monitor trends and changes in the children’s quality of life within the analysed period in different sectors and among different groups. It also provides an opportunity to effectively identify problems in specific areas of public life and implement appropriate management decisions.
The ranking takes into account 31 indicators. Data for the ranking are collected from various sources (Eurostat, HBSC, World Development Indicators, OECD, PISA, WHO, and ESPD). The ranking takes into account various indicators, such as the average disposable income of the population, the risk level of child poverty in households with a low level of employment, the Gini coefficient, GDP, the human development index and the index of social progress.
These studies demonstrate that the well-being of children in Slovenia has improved in recent years. The highest rates were achieved in the area of family relations, peer relations and education (6th place), health and safety, living conditions and the environment.
It should be added that Norway and the Netherlands headed this ranking.
As previously reported, the average life expectancy in Slovenia, according to recent data, is about 82 years. Meanwhile, it is steadily and markedly growing. According to the World Bank, in 1990, the representatives of this country lived for 9 years less. The average life expectancy of Slovenes in 2000 was 75 and a half years. Such high rates are the result of many factors, including good environmental situation, food products of high quality, active lifestyle, and sport activities staring from the early childhood. Slovenia’s universities provide all conditions for attracting students to sports. In particular, Maribor students can take advantage of doing sports besides all their academic duties. There is a number of organizations in Maribor that provide services designed specifically for students, which, first of all, is evidenced by favourable prices. It is an individual decision which sport to choose, but, in any case, regular sports activities help to overcome day-to-day stress, improve concentration, and, from a global perspective, save health for many years.