Croatia has the highest portion of citizens who perceive their health status as poor, compared to another 27 European Union member states, according to the findings of a survey presented by the EU statistical office Eurostat on Wednesday.
The findings were published a day before World Health Day, observed on 7 April.
As many as 13.4% of Croatians feel that their health is poor, and the second highest percentage of residents that perceive their health status to be poor is 11.4% in Hungary. Portugal follows with 11.3%.
On the other hand, Malta is faced with the slightest dissatisfaction with the health status of its citizens, with a mere 1.7% of respondents saying they are dissatisfied with their health condition.
"Of all persons aged 25 to 64 living in the European Union (EU), around three-quarters perceived their health status as very good or good, slightly fewer than 20% as fair and below 7% as bad or very bad. Being an important socio-economic factor, the education level has an influence on health status: while just over 60% of the EU population aged 25-64 with a low education level perceived their health as very good or good, this proportion hit 85% for those with a tertiary education level. This pattern is observed for all ages between 25 and 64," Eurostat reported.
"A clear link can be established between educational attainment and self-perceived health. In general in the EU Member States, the higher the education level is, the higher the share of people feeling healthy is."