The Portuguese well being index has positively progressed between 2004 and 2011 and declined in 2012. In 2013 and 2014 it has recovered and the preliminary estimates for 2015 keep this upwards trend, reaching 118.4
Statistics Portugal releases the main results of the fourth edition of the study “Well-being index for Portugal” (WBI), which is based on 2004 (2004=100). This study is based on methodologies established by a group of international organisations, namely the OECD and Eurostat, and already implemented by several national statistics offices.
The index now released covers the 2004-2015 period although with preliminary results for 2015.
The WBI illustrates developments of the well-being combining two synthetic indices which in turn reveal two dimensions: Material living conditions and Quality of life.
These two indices, have evolved broadly in opposite directions, with the first showing a downward trend, and the second a rising trend; from 2013 they have evolved in the same direction: the improvement of well-being in Portugal.
Among the 10 domains integrating the WBI, Education, Environment and Civic participation and governance are the best performing components during the period under review.
Inversely, Labour and income and Economic vulnerability are the worst performing components.