Life in Europe

Healthy life years (Eurostat)

Wednesday 04 December 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

"It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years," wrote Oscar Wilde. We know that humans are living longer and longer. But are we living those years in good health?


Global vaccination coverage (WHO)

Tuesday 03 December 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

As a public health issue, global vaccination coverage is the subject of much debate at the United Nations – especially when it is insufficient.


Education at a Glance 2019 (OECD)

Monday 02 December 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

OECD's report “Education at a Glance" provides an overview on and comparative analysis of the different education systems in OECD countries and other partner countries. 


How effective is the Slovenian railway network compared to the rest of the EU?  Large investigation

Monday 23 December 2019 | Anže Voh Boštic
| Pod črto

EDJNet's large investigation on trains in Europe compared the accessibility of train stations, the price of tickets and the speed of train travel. Slovenia performs well in terms of accessibility and price, and much worse in average speed.


Fighting poverty, an increasingly uphill battle in Europe 

Friday 30 November 2018 | Astrid Gruyelle
| Alternatives Economiques

The European Social model is pretty much on its last leg. Over the last few years, social transfers granted by the member states of the European Union are increasingly losing their ability to reduce poverty.


These six graphs show how affordable and fast trains in Europe are  Large investigation

Wednesday 18 December 2019 | Journalism++

Where in Europe is taking the train fast and affordable, and where is it not? The European Data Journalism Network has gathered data on train journeys from 28 booking websites across Europe, collecting more than 8,000 single journey ticket prices and travel times for 73 sample routes. 


Secret to a long life? More money for healthcare  

Tuesday 03 December 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

In Western Europe and Scandinavia, people spend more on healthcare and live longer, while in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic States, less money is spent and life expectancy at birth is lower too. The EU average for healthcare spending is 9.9 percent of GDP. In Hungary it is 7.4 percent.


Here's why Poles don't use trains much  Large investigation

Friday 20 December 2019 | Jarosław Kopeć
| BiQdata

Political decisions, wrong investments and increasing competition from buses resulted in longer and longer train travel times, and to a shrinking service. Train transport remains popular, but it has to be made more efficient.


Poland has a new train schedule. But problems are far from over  Large investigation in depth

Friday 20 December 2019 | Jarosław Kopeć
| BiQdata

As the Polish government claims to fight against transport exclusion, trains are coming back to some routes that were not operated anymore. The merits and impact of these changes are not clear-cut though, as much larger investments would be needed to rescue local lines.


What about the security of security guards? 

Monday 16 December 2019 | Ana Kuzmanić
Ivana Perić
| H-Alter

Security guards in Croatia suffer from harsh working conditions: extremely long work shifts, poor equipment, minimum salary. They are overburned and cannot have a proper private life, but they have little alternatives. Yet security business is flourishing in Europe, and companies make millions of revenues.