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Summary

Quality of life of the Austrian agricultural and forestry population - Environmental quality in rural and urban regions in Austria - Ist impact on quality of life


Egartner, S.; Weber, N.

2015-12-22

This study analyses the quality of life of the Austrian agricultural and forestry population and compares it to that of the rest of the Austrian population. When analysing the quality of life, environmental quality is an important aspect. Therefore the environmental quality has also been analysed with the focus on comparing urban and rural regions. The indicators taken from "Monitoring Sustainable Development in Austria (MONE)" were used as the basis for the analyses in this study. They cover aspects on humans/society as well as environmental aspects.

The results of this study show that it is not possible to attribute an overall better quality of life to either the Austrian agricultural and forestry population or the rest of the Austrian population. Regarding some indicators (financial situation, self-perceived health, diet) the results suggest a better quality of life for the rest of the Austrian population. Concerning wealth in time, job satisfaction and satisfaction when it comes to housing the results in both groups are very similar. With respect to social

contacts and social integration the quality of life for the Austrian agricultural and forestry population can be rated higher. Also their self-perceived feeling of security is higher than in the rest of the population. This might be due to the fact that the majority of them are located in rural areas.

With respect to the environmental quality, the quality of life can be rated as better for rural regions than for urban regions. As the majority of the Austrian agricultural and forestry population lives in rural regions, this aspect of their quality of life can be evaluated positively.


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