After most corona measures were lifted, people in Germany are a little happier again - but fears of war and inflation continue to slow them down.
This emerges from the presented "Happiness Atlas", which the University of Freiburg created with the support of the Süddeutsche Klassenlotterie (SKL). "We have bottomed out, but half of the way is still ahead of us," said the scientific director of the study, Bernd Raffelhüschen, according to the announcement.
On average, people gave their life satisfaction at 6.68 on a scale of 0 to 10. Last year this value was lower at 6.58, before the 2019 pandemic it was significantly higher at 7.14. Above all, inflation and the consequences of the war had a negative effect on the satisfaction of the Germans. "In September, inflation broke the 10 percent mark. If it stays that high until December 2022, the total loss of happiness from this year's inflation should amount to 0.46 points," the statement said. "That is much."
Loss of jobs, disease and the loss of people
But there is also good news: According to the Glücksatlas, many groups that have suffered particularly badly from the Corona measures have been able to improve their life satisfaction again. "Women have almost closed the gap in happiness to men that opened up during Corona," it said. Satisfaction with leisure time has also improved enormously: from 5.0 in the Corona year 2021 to 6.51 in the current happiness atlas. But there is still room for improvement here: "Although there are almost no restrictions and fitness clubs are open again and leisure activities are possible, the old level has not yet been reached."
Especially young people dissatisfied
Young people have recovered the least from the restrictions of the corona pandemic. The generation born between 1995 and 2010 lost one point on the life satisfaction scale during the pandemic and has only made up about half so far.
On average, people in western Germany are a little happier than people in eastern Germany. During the pandemic, the difference in happiness between East and West has almost disappeared, it said. But recently it has grown again. "The disadvantages that the west had during the pandemic will no longer play a role in 2022: high proportions of younger people, families, city dwellers and the self-employed usually guarantee a higher level of happiness in a region."
And where do the happiest people in Germany live? According to "Glücksatlas" in Schleswig-Holstein - followed by Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia. The people in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are the least satisfied.