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Survey: Corruption and the economic situation are the main reasons why Albanians are not satisfied

Survey: Corruption and the economic situation are the main reasons why Albanians

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) presented the annual transition report at the end of January. Among other things, the report notes that Albania is the only country in Southeast Europe where life satisfaction has not increased compared to 2016.

A survey conducted by Monitor on the website and on social networks showed that for the participants the main reasons why life satisfaction in Albania does not increase are the economic situation and high corruption. Slightly more than 36% of the participants rated high corruption as the main reason, while approximately 36% of the other participants rated the unsatisfactory economic situation as the main reason why life satisfaction is not increasing.

The participants in the survey voted the weakness of the rule of law as the third reason that has inhibited the increase in life satisfaction among Albanians, with 16% of the total votes in the survey.

The poor quality of the education and health system is estimated as the main reason for 11% of the survey participants. Meanwhile, only 1% of the participants voted for the lack of order and security as the main reason.

According to the EBRD report, the level of life satisfaction of Albanians is the same as in 2016, while it is also lower than in 2006, when the measurement of this index began.

Even in 2006, Albania was one of the countries that had the highest satisfaction of living among the countries surveyed by the EBRD. While in 2022, Albania ranks among the last in the EBRD region, together with North Macedonia, Hungary, Turkey, Lithuania.

According to the EBRD Report, the average increase in life satisfaction in the region probably reflects rising incomes, favorable developments in labor markets (including a shift to more satisfying and higher-skilled jobs) and improvements in health.

"In particular, people's assessments of their health have improved significantly over time, with such assessments including not only physical aspects but also mental health. Survey results show that mental distress is associated with lower satisfaction and tends to be more prevalent in poorer countries and among individuals who are financially insecure," the report said.

Based on the EBRD analysis, it can be concluded that the above factors in Albania have not followed an improving trend, unlike what has happened in most other countries./Monitor

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