The EU social climate index takes into account views on individual circumstances, the national situation, and social protection and inclusion. The index can range from the highest post of 10 to the lowest of -10.
The Eurobarometer report names Lithuania among countries where the social climate index increased. Nevertheless, the index remains negative. It stands at -2.4 in 2012, compared to -2.9 last year, -3.1 in 2010 and -2.5 in 2009.
The social index in Latvia was -1.9 in 2012, and -0.4 and -2.6 in Estonia and Poland, respectively.
Looking into separate measures making the overall index, Lithuanians give their lives an average score of 0.6 points, and the area in which they live with 3.5 points.
People’s job situation was rated -0.9, their household's current financial situation -0.6, the cost of living -5.6, the affordability of energy -5.1, the affordability of housing -5.8, the way public administration is run -3.2, the current economic situation in the country -4.2, the employment situation -4.3, the evaluation of health care provision in their country -1.4, the provisions of pensions -3.3, relations between people from different cultural or religious backgrounds or nationalities 1, and the way in which inequalities and poverty are addressed in their country -4.6.
Lithuania found itself in the lowest third among EU member states almost in all measures.
The survey of 26,600 people was carried out in EU27 on 2-17 June.