Is rural Europe being left behind?

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Publication Date May 2019
ISBN 978-92-897-1863-9
ISSN 2599-8153
EC TJ-AR-19-002-EN-N
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Rural communities have distinctive patterns of economic development and social life. Previous research has highlighted a rural–urban divide across several dimensions of quality of life. For instance, living standards are lower on average in rural areas.

This policy brief aims to draw policymakers’ attention to aspects of quality of life where rural dwellers are doing less well than the urban population, focusing on three topics: financial security, connectedness and life satisfaction.

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This Eurofound policy brief is part of the series European Quality of Life 2016.

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