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Lifestyle > Society > Subjective well-being > Positive experience index: 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 Canada 80.54 2008 or latest available 2009
2 Mexico 79.56 2008 or latest available 2009
3 Ireland 78.57 2008 or latest available 2009
4 United States 78.41 2008 or latest available 2009
5 New Zealand 77.83 2008 or latest available 2009
6 Denmark 76.78 2008 or latest available 2009
7 Sweden 76.35 2008 or latest available 2009
8 Austria 75.09 2008 or latest available 2009
9 Australia 74.33 2008 or latest available 2009
10 Belgium 73.68 2008 or latest available 2009
11 United Kingdom 73.51 2008 or latest available 2009
12 Finland 72.75 2008 or latest available 2009
13 Spain 72.27 2008 or latest available 2009
14 Japan 68.78 2008 or latest available 2009
15 Turkey 56.46 2008 or latest available 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 52.35 2008 or latest available 2009
16 Italy 24.48 2008 or latest available 2009
17 South Korea 23.15 2008 or latest available 2009
18 France 22.64 2008 or latest available 2009
19 Czech Republic 21.43 2008 or latest available 2009
20 Hungary 21.35 2008 or latest available 2009
21 Greece 21.01 2008 or latest available 2009
22 Poland 19.07 2008 or latest available 2009
23 Germany 18.07 2008 or latest available 2009
24 Netherlands 16.57 2008 or latest available 2009

Citation

"Countries Compared by Lifestyle > Society > Subjective well-being > Positive experience index. 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/Positive-experience-index

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