When it comes to the general situation in their respective countries, Europeans believe things are improving.
The average score for 2017 is 4.9 out of 10, up 0.2 points compared to 2016. Denmark tops the list with a respectable 6.3, a rise of 0.4 points. There has been a similar increase in Germany, one of the few countries to achieve a score higher than 6. The most spectacular rise can be observed in Portugal (+0.9 points to 4.6), which leaves Bulgaria at the foot of the table. Note that France, along with Hungary, is the only country in which this indicator has stagnated.
It should be noted that young Europeans have a more positive opinion than their elders.
Europeans not only consider the general situation in their country to be improving, they also believe their personal circumstances to be slightly better than in 2016: 5.5/10 compared to 5.4 the previous year. Once again, under 35s are more positive about their personal circumstances, to which they give an average score of 5.8/10.