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Australia

Australia Lifestyle Stats

Definitions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Trust people: Percentage in 1990s surveys agreeing that people can be trusted.
  • Undesirable neighbours > Different race: Percentage in 1990s surveys thinking this group were undesirable neighbours.
  • Undesirable neighbours > Drug addicts: Percentage in 1990s surveys thinking this group were undesirable neighbours.
  • Undesirable neighbours > Heavy drinkers: Percentage in 1990s surveys thinking this group were undesirable neighbours.
  • Undesirable neighbours > Homosexuals: Percentage in 1990s surveys thinking this group were undesirable neighbours.
  • Undesirable neighbours > Immigrants: Percentage in 1990s surveys thinking this group were undesirable neighbours.
  • Undesirable neighbours > Political extremists: Percentage in 1990s surveys thinking this group were undesirable neighbours.
  • Will fight for country: Percentage in 1990s surveys responding that they are willing to fight for their country.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Amphetamine use 3.6% 1999 1st out of 26
Cannabis use 17.93% 1999 2nd out of 26
Happiness level > Very happy 39% 2005 9th out of 50
Happiness net 90% 2005 5th out of 50
Life satisfaction 7.3 2004 14th out of 69
Life satisfaction inequality 2.1 2004 75th out of 87
Roller coasters 18 2006 19th out of 75
Trust people 40% 1990 10th out of 17
Undesirable neighbours > Different race 5% 1990 14th out of 16
Undesirable neighbours > Drug addicts 74% 1990 4th out of 16
Undesirable neighbours > Heavy drinkers 60% 1990 2nd out of 16
Undesirable neighbours > Homosexuals 25% 1990 9th out of 16
Undesirable neighbours > Immigrants 5% 1990 15th out of 16
Undesirable neighbours > Political extremists 45% 1990 5th out of 16
Will fight for country 75% 1990 6th out of 17

SOURCES: OECD; 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.; World Values Survey

Citation

"Australia Lifestyle Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Australia/Lifestyle

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