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Lifestyle > Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Sadness: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Measures of life satisfaction reflect the cognitive evaluation of life as a whole, now and five years from now, made by each person. The measures shown here are based on ladder-of-life questions, which ask respondents to rate their life from the worst (0) to the best (10) level, and refer to the share of people who rate their life (today and in the future) at step 7 or higher.

Measures of positive and negative experiences and feelings refer to people who declared having experienced six different forms of negative and positive experiences during the previous day. Also shown are two composite indexes of positive and negative experiences, calculated at the individual record level. For each person, the 6 items are recoded so that positive answers are scored as 1 and negative answers (including “don’t know” and “refused to answer”) a 0; an individual record has an index calculated if it has at least 5 out of 6 valid scores. Each person’s composite index is the mean of valid items multiplied by 100, and the country level score shown in the table is the mean of all individual records for which an index was calculated.

Population shares are calculated as a percentage of all respondents excluding those who refused or didn’t’ know how to answer the various survey questions.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Turkey 31.75% 2009
2 Portugal 31.29% 2009
3 Italy 26.34% 2009
4 Germany 23% 2009
5 Slovakia 22.86% 2009
6 Spain 21.57% 2009
7 United Kingdom 20.87% 2009
8 Hungary 20.57% 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 19.8% 2009
9 France 19.73% 2009
10 Poland 19.59% 2009
11 Mexico 19.36% 2009
12 Czech Republic 18.8% 2009
13 Belgium 18.57% 2009
High income OECD countries average (profile) 18.11% 2009
14 New Zealand 17.96% 2009
15 United States 17.91% 2009
16 Switzerland 17.87% 2009
17 Netherlands 17.65% 2009
18 Australia 17.28% 2009
19 Norway 16.68% 2009
20 Austria 16.53% 2009
21 Japan 16.4% 2009
22 Greece 16.03% 2009
23 Canada 14.32% 2009
24 Ireland 13.69% 2009
25 South Korea 13.62% 2009
26 Denmark 12.2% 2009
27 Sweden 12.03% 2009
28 Finland 9.88% 2009

Citation

"Countries Compared by Lifestyle > Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Sadness. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", OECD Country statistical profiles 2009. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Lifestyle/Society/Subjective-well--being/People-reporting-negative-experiences/Sadness

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