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Europeans 'happier over own health'

People in the UK are less likely than their European counterparts to consider themselves to be in good health, a new report suggests.

While more than six in 10 rate the state of their health as good or very good, the figure lags slightly behind the EU average, the Office for National Statistics said.

The latest ONS n ational well-being report found that 62.7% of people aged 16 and over in the UK consider their health to be good or very good, behind the EU- average of 64%.

Across Europe, people in Ireland and Greece are most likely to consider themselves in good general health while those in Lithuania and Latvia are the least likely - with just 41.1% of people saying their health as good or very good.

But Britain ranks above the average European country on a number of other measures. For instance, p eople in the UK are more likely to be "satisfied" with life, with 71.8% of people in the UK saying they are content with their lives compared to an EU average of 69.3%.

The document, which brings together a number of official reports, aims to highlight the well-being of the nation.

It shows that in 2011/12 the median household income was £23,208.

But t he proportion of people satisfied with their income fell from 57.3% in 2010/11 to 52.9% 2011/12. And one in 10 say they have difficulty getting by financially.

Meanwhile fewer people feel that they "belong" in their neighbourhoods . The proportion of people who feel a sense of belonging in their locality fell from 66% in 2009/10 to 62.9% in 2011/12.


From Belfast Telegraph