Feeling in Control, but with a Strong Respect for Authority

obedience to authority is perceived as needed by most young Romanians (64%)

Romanian Millennials are satisfied with their lives in regards to their health and optimism about the future. They are bold entrepreneurs, feeling in control of their lives, and thus do not want to assume public interest issues.


Most (55%) Millennials from Romania feel free to decide for themselves how to live their life, placing them behind only Ireland (59%) in Europe. Romanian Millennials who work for themselves and live off what they produce (agriculture, farms) in particular feel the most in control over their lives (72%), with only Russia (100%) outranking them on this dimension. At the same time, obedience to authority is perceived as needed by most young Romanians (64%), with only France having a higher score (67%).


Generally, Europe is well behind the American continents in terms of optimism regarding the future, while in Asia there are mixed feelings, with Japan showing the least optimism (27%). Romanian Millennials, on the other hand, are more optimistic about their future than most European countries (51%). Turkey (37%), Netherlands (37%) and Spain (38%), for example, all have fewer optimists.


Satisfaction with their health is also higher in Romania (35%) compared to most European countries, and such a perception may be attributed to the fact that the private expenditure for health is the highest in Romania, compared to the rest of the countries surveyed, constantly over the years. While Greece (43%) stands only behind Mexico (48%), Millennials from Turkey, Germany and Netherlands seem to be more concerned about their health.


As opposed to the views held by Millennials in China, Japan or the U.S., Romanian Millennials believe the country’s problems should be a concern primarily for the Romanian government, not the private sector. Moreover, Romanian Millennials are the least likely Millennials (40%) to prefer to work in the public interest, with these beliefs being visibly stronger for women. In fact, Romania stands only above Greece (39%) in willingness to work in the public interest.


The work-life balance among Romanian Millennials is among the most satisfactory of all countered surveyed (20%) being outranked only by India (21%), Mexico (21%) and Brazil (25%). Following this line, the need for status recognition is well-covered in Romania (63%).


When self-employed, Romanian Millennials have the highest predilection for risk-taking in comparison to the other 22 countries surveyed (72%). This tendency is strikingly stronger in women (91%) over men (63%).


Housewives in Romania are least prone to work in public interest (28%), compared to other countries, but are very dissatisfied with their lives (as a whole) in the present (5%); only housewives in the U.S. (3%) and the Netherlands (0%) are less satisfied. At the same time, women who have a personal income are among the most satisfied (23%) regarding their lives, being outranked only by women in Central and South America.


Forty-nine percent of Romanian Millennials consider themselves to be a member of a religious faith, which places them in front of Spain (34%), France (37%), Austria (39%), Germany (39%) and Switzerland (39%). The most religious country is Malaysia (77%), with Japan falling at the other end of the spectrum (25%).

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