Well-being in Germany

Germany’s “Wellbeing in Germany – what matters to us” initiative is designed to provide a benchmark for effective policymaking.  To find out how people define “wellbeing”, the government initiated an extensive national dialogue in 2015.  This revealed that people have a very broad and diverse view of what constitutes wellbeing.  This was integrated with the findings of other national and international research projects and discussions, to select 12 dimensions and 46 indicators for the current status and trends in wellbeing in Germany. 


The indicator system  (last update: March 2020) shows the current situation and long-term trends in wellbeing in Germany. It highlights areas where action is needed – in politics, the economy and society – and makes forward and backward steps both measurable and transparent.  You can download the German 2020 Wellbeing report .

The interactive report presents information on the twelve dimensions opening with health (you then need to click on ‘Healthy Throughout Life’ to choose one of the other dimensions).  This website provides access to data and facts and makes it possible for people to experience and share the many aspects of wellbeing also on mobile devices. 

Germany’s National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS)

You can find Germany’s latest NSDS 2018 here.  This aligned with the UN’s 17 SDGs and focuses more on sustainable global responsibility.  You can download Indicator Report from the Federal Statistical Office here.  Germanys SDG Reporting Website can be found here.

Compiled by James O’Donovan of the Cork Environmental Forum

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