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Lifestyle > Cannabis use: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Of the top 10 countries for the number of people who have ever used cannabis, five are also in the top 10 for rating themselves as very happy and the top 10 for life satisfaction. None are in the top 10 for countries with people who rate themselves as not very or not at all happy. Six of the top dope-smoking countries are also in the top 10 for fruit juice consumption. Four of the top cannabis-using countries were in the top 10 for having attended a demonstration, and five were in the top 10 lists for joining a boycott and signing a petition.
DEFINITION: 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.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 New Zealand 22.23% 1999
2 Australia 17.93% 1999
3 United States 12.3% 1999
4 United Kingdom 9% 1999
5 Switzerland 8.5% 1999
6 Ireland 7.91% 1999
7 Spain 7.58% 1999
8 Canada 7.41% 1999
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 6.02% 1999
9 Netherlands 5.24% 1999
10 Belgium 5.01% 1999
11 France 4.7% 1999
12 Italy 4.6% 1999
13 Greece 4.39% 1999
14 Germany 4.1% 1999
15 Denmark 4.02% 1999
16 Norway 3.82% 1999
17 Portugal 3.68% 1999
18 Czech Republic 3.58% 1999
19 Poland 3.38% 1999
20 Austria 3.01% 1999
21 Finland 2.49% 1999
22 Luxembourg 1.94% 1999
23 Hungary 1.19% 1999
24 Mexico 1.13% 1999
25 Sweden 0.98% 1999
26 Japan 0.05% 1999

Citation

"Countries Compared by Lifestyle > Cannabis use. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", OECD. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Lifestyle/Cannabis-use

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