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Country vs country: United Kingdom and United States 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 > Police: 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 > 1970: Alcohol consumption - Litres per capita by population aged above 15 in 1970. Data not available for Greece, South Korea or Mexico.
  • Food and drink > Alcohol > Consumption > 1990: Alcohol consumption - Litres per capita by population aged above 15 in 1990.
  • 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 United Kingdom United States
Amateur radio operators 58,426
Ranked 8th.
679,864
Ranked 2nd. 12 times more than United Kingdom
Amphetamine use 3%
Ranked 2nd. 4 times more than United States
0.7%
Ranked 6th.
Cannabis use 9%
Ranked 4th.
12.3%
Ranked 3rd. 37% more than United Kingdom
Confidence in social institutions > Police 77%
Ranked 6th. 5% more than United States
73%
Ranked 8th.
Discuss politics frequently 13%
Ranked 12th.
15%
Ranked 9th. 15% more than United Kingdom
Food and drink > Alcohol > Consumption > 1970 7.1 litres per capita
Ranked 20th.
9.5 litres per capita
Ranked 14th. 34% more than United Kingdom
Food and drink > Alcohol > Consumption > 1990 9.8 litres per capita
Ranked 19th. 5% more than United States
9.3 litres per capita
Ranked 21st.
Happiness level > Very happy 38%
Ranked 10th.
39%
Ranked 8th. 3% more than United Kingdom
Happiness net 87%
Ranked 9th. 4% more than United States
84%
Ranked 14th.
Life satisfaction 7.2
Ranked 16th.
7.4
Ranked 13th. 3% more than United Kingdom
Life satisfaction inequality 2.2
Ranked 68th. 5% more than United States
2.1
Ranked 73th.
Roller coasters 160
Ranked 3rd.
624
Ranked 1st. 4 times more than United Kingdom
Somewhat interested in politics 47%
Ranked 12th.
62%
Ranked 3rd. 32% more than United Kingdom
Trust people 38%
Ranked 12th.
44%
Ranked 8th. 16% more than United Kingdom
Will fight for country 74%
Ranked 7th.
78%
Ranked 5th. 5% more than United Kingdom

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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