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    Reading skills

    The indicator represents the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) test results of 15 year old school students in 65 participating countries, organised by OECD. The survey focuses on mathematics, with reading, science and problem-solving minor areas of assessment.
    This indicator focuses on reading skills.
    (http://www.oecd.org/pisa/)
    (Retrieved: 26 January 2015)

    How would you rate the quality of health services?

    This indicator is based on a question surveying the quality of the national health care system. Respondents choose on scale of one to ten, with 10 being of very high quality and 1 being of very low quality. The other two non-numerical options are "don't know" and "refusal."

    Skills in mathematics

    The indicator represents the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) test results of 15 year old school students in 65 participating countries, organised by OECD. The survey focuses on mathematics, with reading, science and problem-solving minor areas of assessment.
    This indicator focuses on skills in mathematics.
    (http://www.oecd.org/pisa/)
    (Retrieved: 26 January 2015)

    Skills in science

    The indicator represents the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) test results of 15 year old school students in 65 participating countries, organised by OECD. The survey focuses on mathematics, with reading, science and problem-solving minor areas of assessment.
    This indicator focuses on skills in science.
    (http://www.oecd.org/pisa/)
    (Retrieved: 26 January 2015)

    Difficulty in seeing a doctor because of cost of seing the doctor

    The indicator measures difficulty in seeing a doctor because of cost being prohibitive. Respondents can choose from "very difficult", "a little difficult" to "not difficult at all."

    Retrieved from,
    http://eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_files/pubdocs/2012/64/..., 06.12.14

    Quality of national health service

    Participants were asked to grade the quality of health services in their country on a scale of 1 to 10, with "10" ranked best and "1" ranked worst. Other answers included refusal to answer or do not know.

    EQLS, 2012
    (http://eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_files/surveys/eqls/201...)

    Quality of public transport

    Average scores by country from responses to a question on the European Quality of Life Survey which asks respondents to rate the quality of public services in their country on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 means very poor quality and 10 means very high quality.

    Net social protection as a percentage of GDP

    "Net social protection benefits are defined as the value of social protection benefits excluding taxes and social contributions paid by the benefits recipients. They are complemented by the value of “Fiscal benefits” provided in the form of tax breaks that would be defined as social protection benefits, if they were provided in cash. Tax breaks promoting the provision of social protection or promoting private insurance plans are excluded.

    Problem Solving (PISA)

    The indicator represents the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) test results of 15 year old school students in 65 participating countries, organised by OECD. The survey focuses on mathematics, with reading, science and problem-solving minor areas of assessment.
    PISA results reveal what is possible in education by showing what students in the highest-performing and most
    rapidly improving education systems can do. The findings allow policy makers around the world to gauge the

    Population median age

    Age that divides the population in two parts of equal size, that is, there are as many persons with ages above the median as there are with ages below the median.

    United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, http://esa.un.org/wpp/excel-Data/Population.htm, retrieved on 19.12.2014