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 …

Well-being in Wales

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 defines Sustainable Development in Wales as: “The process of improving the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales by taking action, in accordance with five sustainable development principles (Long Term, Preventive, Integration, Collaboration, Involvement.), aimed at achieving the seven well-being goals.” Each public body must set and publish well-being objectives. A summary of the act can be found here.  A video of the act can be viewed here.


You can download The Wellbeing of Wales Report 2019 here.

The act outlines the roles and responsibilities …

Well-being in Scotland

The National Performance Framework (NPF) provides a clear vision for Scotland with broad measures of national wellbeing covering a range of economic, health, social and environmental indicators and targets.

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

The Act requires that the government will focus on achieving goals that improve the wellbeing and quality of life of the people of Scotland.  It requires a vision for Scotland to be developed in consultation with the people of Scotland and progress towards this to be measured.  Specifically, the Act places a duty on the Scottish Ministers to consult on, develop and publish a set of …

Well-being in Ireland

Research has been carried out previously in Ireland concerning well-being, including the NESC report– “Well-being Matters: A Social Report for Ireland”. This report identifies people as being at the centre of economic and social progress, and highlights the limitations of GDP as a measure of society. Members of the Whitaker Institute in the National University of Ireland, Galway, have also carried out much work on the development of a set of societal well-being indicators for Ireland.

In 2018 the CSO published The Wellbeing of the Nation.  This new publication, with over 30 indicators across eight areas of society, attempts …