QUALITY OF LIFE PECULIARITIES IN LITHUANIA REGIONS

Egidijus Rybakovas

Abstract


Quality of life (QoL) subject is dealing with theoretical and empirical questions about fulfilment of certain definite human needs, which are termed in some predefined contexts or areas. Locally built potential (described in objective terms) to support, sustain and fulfil adequate human needs along with respective individual experience about actual fulfilment of these needs (measured subjectively) forms the phenomenon of local place related quality of life. The article presents results of measurements of QoL in Lithuania regions (i.e. administrative counties). Set of social indicators, data on which is provided by Lithuania Statistics Office, is being used. Selection of particular indicators to be used is reasoned and argument by following conceptual QoL framework that incorporates five core QoL domains (i.e. material, social, emotional, physical and productive QoL). Objective and subjective sides of core quality of life domains are measured. Subjective evaluation of residents’ ability to make their end meet is seen as influenced by objective locally existing potential and its subjective perception. The article reveals specific QoL differences in Lithuania counties. These differences are areas to be addressed by socio-economic development strategy decision-makers.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.em.17.1.2269


Keywords


quality of life; local community; Lithuania regions

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