“La vie est belle” in Luxembourg, but mostly for the young and old


A new report shows that the youngest and oldest Luxembourg residents are most satisfied with their lives, whereas those aged 25 to 44 emerged the least happy in a study recently published by Statec.

Various factors in our life, such as income, health and work conditions all play a role in how satisfied we are with our lives.

A recent study published by Statec shows that people aged 15 to 24 and those above 65 are overall the happiest citizens in Luxembourg. Almost 75 percent of the younger group rated their satisfaction between eight and ten on a scale from one to ten, followed by 65 percent of the elderly.

The unhappiest were those aged 25 and 44, with only 61 percent rating their life satisfaction either eight, nine or ten.

Only when it comes to personal health for the otherwise happy elderly, their satisfaction seemed to decrease as age increases, with their health scoring below average. On the other hand, two out of three of 15 to 24 year-olds rated their health ten out of ten.

You may have been told otherwise, but according to the report, money can buy happiness.

Residents who live in households with a monthly net income of up to 2,500 euros expressed the greatest dissatisfaction, whereas for residents of households with a net income between 2,500 and 6,000 euros, less than ten percent were as unhappy.

Generally there were no remarkable differences between men and women’s ratings, but the survey did reveal Italians and Portuguese as the unhappiest nationalities in Luxembourg.

Just under 20 percent of these two nationalities rated their general happiness less than five on the scale. Less than ten percent of the other nationalities rated their happiness as low.