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Figure 1 – Human rights as the most important personal value, per Member State, in %

Human rights as the most important personal value, per Member State, in %

European citizens perceive human rights as one of the most important values for them personally and as one of the values that best represent the EU itself. Out of a list of twelve values listed by the 2017 Standard Eurobarometer 88, only the value of peace is more important. On average, 42 % of Europeans list human rights as one of the three most important values for them personally and 33 % as one of the three values that best represent the EU. Perception of the personal importance of human rights varies significantly amongst Member States, however. Human rights are the most important value for the highest proportion of citizens in Cyprus (62 %) and Sweden (60 %), and lowest in Czech Republic (32 %), Croatia (33 %) and Hungary (34 %). Even though it is the second most important personal value for the EU as a whole, it tops the ranking in nine Member States, namely Belgium, Cyprus, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden.

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