Income

Most of the indicators of the income have been received on the basis of the data of Estonian Social Surveys. Social Survey is a personal survey the aim of which is to estimate the distribution of households and incomes, living conditions and social exclusion. Statistics Estonia conducts the Social Survey since 2004, in 2002–2003 pilot surveys were carried out.

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Last year, the growth of the average monthly gross income continued

news release no 56

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2016, the average monthly gross income per employee was 1,073 euros. The growth of gross income continued at the same rate as in previous years (6%), however, the number of people receiving income started to decrease for the first time since the years of the economic crisis.

Average monthly gross income per employee, 2016

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Does money make you happy? Correlation between income and lifesatisfaction in Estonia and European countries

Sotsiaaltrendid. 7. Social Trends (p. 14)
Märt Leesment

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Regional development in Estonia in 1991–2016

Eesti piirkondlik areng. 2016. Regional Development in Estonia (p. 38)
Mihkel Servinski, Marika Kivilaid, Greta Tischler

In its annual publication “Regional development in Estonia”, Statistics Estonia traditionally publishes an overview of the implementation of the current regional development strategy. Since the year 2016 is special in Estonian regional development from at least two aspects – it has been 25 years since Estonia restored its independence and the administrative reform has now been started in Estonia as part of the state reform – this collection examines Estonian regional development in terms of a longer period than usual. The reason for it is that, in 2016, the Ministry of Finance published the report “Monitoring Report 2014–2015 on the Implementation of the Estonian Regional Development Strategy for 2014–2020” and it is not sensible to repeat this analysis.

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Last year, the average monthly gross income exceeded 1,000 euros for the first time

news release no 57

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2015, the average monthly gross income per employee was 1013 euros. The increase continued at the same rate as in the previous years, i.e., at 6% per year.

Map: Average monthly gross income per employee in local government units, 2015

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The average monthly gross income continued to grow steadily last year

news release no 55

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2014, the average monthly gross income per employee was 954 euros. Compared to 2013, the average gross income increased 6%. The growth rate has been at this level for the last few years.

Diagram: Average monthly gross income per employee in local government units, 2014

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Säästva arengu näitajad. Indicators of Sustainable Development

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What progress has been made towards the four main targets of the Estonian National Strategy on Sustainable Development “Sustainable Estonia 21” (SE21) – growth of welfare, coherent society, viability of the Estonian cultural space and ecological balance? The publication includes 69 indicators of sustainable development that reflect the progress in key domains in Estonia. Under each indicator, there is an analysis of the current situation, an assessment of relevance in the SE21 context, and an overview of the measures defined in current development and action plans. The publication is prepared in cooperation with the Strategy Unit of the Government Office. While the main focus is on sustainable development, the publication provides a good overview of general trends in Estonia.
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The income and poverty of persons with disabilities

Puudega inimeste sotsiaalne lõimumine. Social Integration of Disabled Persons (p. 152)
Tiiu-Liisa Laes

The well-being and quality of life of persons with disabilities depend greatly on their coping ability, income and consumption patterns. Wiman (1990) has listed five prerequisites for coping: functional abilities (individual physical and mental resources), motivation, knowledge, skills, and external conditions (opportunities). If some of these prerequisites are fully or partially unmet, coping difficulties may occur. Thus, the inability to cope socially is not the result of individual or environmental factors, but rather caused by the fact that one or several prerequisites for coping in a given environment are (partially) unmet.

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Making educational choices – to combine different fields of study or not?

Eesti Statistika Kvartalikiri. 2/14. Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics Estonia (p. 74)
Koit Meres, Kaia Kabanen

The phrase “strategy of education” usually brings to mind a national document, which sets long-term objectives and defines the ways to achieve them. Just as a country may have various aims and ways to achieve them, so can individual people. The statistical action “Success on the Labour Market” measures success and enables the determination of educational decisions (their consequences), which lead to this success. If some types of behaviour have been repeated and this repetition has entailed financial success or unsuccess, then we can talk about the results of the strategy behind such behaviour. The article discusses a limited circle of indicators. There can, of course, be success which remains unmapped based on these measurement results but it is believed that income earned is a significant indicator of the success of education.

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The income of employees increased in all counties last year

news release no 74

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2013, the average monthly gross income per employee was 900 euros. Compared to 2012, the average gross income increased in all counties.

Map: Average monthly gross income per employee in local government units, 2013

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Material living conditions

Sotsiaaltrendid. 6. Social Trends (p. 29)
Tiiu-Liisa Laes

Material well-being is a quality-of-life indicator which comprises actual income as well as more indirect indicators of material well-being, such as living conditions, availability of certain durable goods and consumption patterns. According to the utilitarian approach, the greater the material wealth available and desired, the higher the quality of life (Serban-Oprescu 2011). Material wealth represents the objective aspect of quality of life, but when we discuss the perception of wealth – that is, how a person feels having possessions, income, property – we are already dealing with the subjective aspect of quality of life, i.e. the feeling of happiness, positive emotions and satisfaction resulting from the possession or acquisition of personal wealth.

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