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Country vs country: Canada and United Kingdom compared: Lifestyle

Definitions

  • Amateur radio operators: International Amateur Radio Union (2000). "Status Summary of Radio Amateurs & Amateur Stations of the World 2000".
  • Amphetamine use: Percentage of people who have used amphetamines, generally for ages 15 and over. Spain and Greece: data for ages 15-64. Netherlands: data for ages 15-59. United Kingdom: data for ages 16-59. Germany: data for ages 18-59. Belgium: data for ages 18-65. France: data for ages 18-69. Data generally for 1999 or 1998. Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden: data for 1997. Austria: data for 1996. Denmark, France: data for 1995. Belgium: data for 1994. Canada: data for 1993.
  • Cannabis use: Percentage share of people who have used cannabis, generally including people 15 and above. Different nations have, however, focussed their studies on different age groups. United States and Netherlands: data for years 12 and above. Greece: Data for ages 12 to 64. Australia: data for ages 14 and above. United Kingdom: data for ages 16 to 59. Germany: data for ages 18-59. Denmark and France: data for ages 18 to 69. Data for 1998 or 1999 in most cases. Germany, Poland, and Spain: data for 1997. Austria: data for 1996. Denmark, France and Ireland: data for 1995.
  • Confidence in social institutions > Parliament: Proportion of people in 1990s surveys expressing confidence in this social institution.
  • Discuss politics frequently: Proportions in 1990s surveys responding that they discuss politics frequently.
  • Food and drink > Alcohol > Consumption > 1990: Alcohol consumption - Litres per capita by population aged above 15 in 1990.
  • Forced retirement during recession: Percentages in 1990s surveys agreeing with job priorities for men when jobs are scarce.
  • Happiness level > Very happy: Proportion of people who answered the survey question: "Taking all things together, would you say you are: very happy, quite happy, not very happy, or not at all happy?" by stating that they were "Very happy".
  • Happiness net: This statistic is compiled from responses to the survey question: "Taking all things together, would you say you are: very happy, quite happy, not very happy, or not at all happy?". The "Happiness (net)" statistic was obtained via the following formula: the percentage of people who rated themselves as either "quite happy" or "very happy" minus the percentage of people who rated themselves as either "not very happy" or "not at all happy".
  • Life satisfaction: Most scores are based on responses to the following question: "All things considered, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life-as-a-whole now? 1 dissatisfied to10 satisfied" (item code O-SLW/c/sq/n/10/a). Scores of ten nations are based on responses to a somewhat different question: "Suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder the worst possible life. Where on this ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?" The response was rated on a ladder scale ranging from 0 to 10 (item code O-BW/c/sq/l/11/c). We transformed the scores using the information of nations in which both this item and the above question on life-satisfaction had been used in about the same years.
  • Life satisfaction inequality: This data is indicative of how much citizens differ in enjoyment of their life-as-a-whole.Life-satisfaction assessed by means of surveys in samples of the general population. Scores may be too low in some countries, due to under sampling of rural and illiterate population. In this ranking the focus is not on the level of happiness in the country, but on inequality in happiness among citizens.Inequality in happiness can be measured by the dispersion of responses to survey-questions. The degree of dispersion can be expressed statistically in the standard deviation and surveys items rated on a 10 step numerical scale are particularly usefull for that purpose. Most scores are based on responses to the following question: "All things considered, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life-as-a-whole now? 1 dissatisfied to10 satisfied".
  • Roller coasters: Number of roller coasters in each country. Includes both wooden and steel constructions.
  • Somewhat interested in politics: Proportions in 1990s surveys responding that they are somewhat interested in politics.
  • Trust people: Percentage in 1990s surveys agreeing that people can be trusted.
  • Will fight for country: Percentage in 1990s surveys responding that they are willing to fight for their country.
STAT Canada United Kingdom
Amateur radio operators 44,024
Ranked 9th.
58,426
Ranked 8th. 33% more than Canada
Amphetamine use 0.15%
Ranked 22nd.
3%
Ranked 2nd. 20 times more than Canada
Cannabis use 7.41%
Ranked 8th.
9%
Ranked 4th. 21% more than Canada
Confidence in social institutions > Parliament 37%
Ranked 13th.
44%
Ranked 7th. 19% more than Canada
Discuss politics frequently 19%
Ranked 5th. 46% more than United Kingdom
13%
Ranked 12th.
Food and drink > Alcohol > Consumption > 1990 7.4 litres per capita
Ranked 25th.
9.8 litres per capita
Ranked 19th. 32% more than Canada
Forced retirement during recession 31%
Ranked 12th.
43%
Ranked 9th. 39% more than Canada
Happiness level > Very happy 32%
Ranked 16th.
38%
Ranked 10th. 19% more than Canada
Happiness net 75%
Ranked 17th.
87%
Ranked 9th. 16% more than Canada
Life satisfaction 7.6
Ranked 7th. 6% more than United Kingdom
7.2
Ranked 16th.
Life satisfaction inequality 2
Ranked 81st.
2.2
Ranked 68th. 10% more than Canada
Roller coasters 51
Ranked 8th.
160
Ranked 3rd. 3 times more than Canada
Somewhat interested in politics 58%
Ranked 5th. 23% more than United Kingdom
47%
Ranked 12th.
Trust people 53%
Ranked 6th. 39% more than United Kingdom
38%
Ranked 12th.
Will fight for country 68%
Ranked 10th.
74%
Ranked 7th. 9% more than Canada

SOURCES: Wikipedia: Amateur radio operator; OECD; World Values Survey; OECD Health Data 2005; World Values Survey 2005; World Database of Happiness, Happiness in Nations, Rank Report 2004/1  Average happiness in 90 nations 1990-2000; World Database of Happiness, Happiness in Nations, Rank Report 2004/3b. Equality of  happiness in 90 nations 1990-2000. How much citizens differ in enjoyment of their life as a whole; The Roller Coaster Database, 2006.

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