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Lifestyle > Trust people: Countries Compared

Edria Murray, Staff editor

Author: Edria Murray, Staff editor

Countries where people report a high level of trust for others also consider themselves to be happy and satisfied with their lives.



Oddly enough these countries also have a high total crime rate. This anomaly can be partially explained by their typically high level of confidence in their police and legal system which means crime is more likely to be reported.

DEFINITION: Percentage in 1990s surveys agreeing that people can be trusted.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Norway 65% 1990
2 Sweden 63% 1990
3 Denmark 58% 1990
=4 Netherlands 54% 1990
=4 Finland 54% 1990
6 Canada 53% 1990
7 Ireland 47% 1990
8 United States 44% 1990
9 Japan 42% 1990
10 Australia 40% 1990
11 Switzerland 39% 1990
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 38.57% 1990
12 United Kingdom 38% 1990
=13 Germany 35% 1990
=13 Italy 35% 1990
15 Belgium 34% 1990
16 Austria 32% 1990
17 France 23% 1990

Citation

"Countries Compared by Lifestyle > Trust people. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", World Values Survey. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://koala.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Lifestyle/Trust-people

Lifestyle > Trust people: Countries Compared Map

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Interesting observations about Lifestyle > Trust people

All of the top 4 countries by trust people are Christian.
France ranked last for trust people amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 1990.
All of the bottom 17 countries by trust people are High income OECD.
All of the top 5 countries by trust people are European.
All of the top 2 countries by trust people are Cold countries'.
All of the bottom 6 countries by trust people are European Union.
All of the bottom 5 countries by trust people are Eurozone.
United Kingdom ranked last for trust people amongst English speaking countries in 1990.
Sweden ranked first for trust people amongst Non-religious countries in 1990.
All of the bottom 6 countries by trust people are Heavily indebted.

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Countries where people report a high level of trust for others also consider themselves to be happy and satisfied with their lives.



Oddly enough these countries also have a high total crime rate. This anomaly can be partially explained by their typically high level of confidence in their police and legal system which means crime is more likely to be reported.

Posted on 15 Mar 2005

Edria Murray, Staff editor

Edria Murray, Staff editor

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Kind of surprising to see France at the bottom of the list. I stayed in a hostel in California for a few nights and a French guy in one of the bunks always left his MacBook and digital SLR out on the bed unattended all day. That seems incredibly trusting to me- I can't see too many Americans doing that.

Posted on 23 May 2011

Martin

Martin

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It would be nice to see this broken down by gender too. Do people trust women more than they do males? Do males trust women more then they do males themselves? From some studies I have seen, most trust women more and they trust males the least. Makes me think even the males know they can count on women more than they can each other and even though they will not admit it, they do realize that women are superior in most ways over the males. After all, we do tend to trust a superior product over an inferior one.

Posted on 21 Aug 2010

Amy+Becker

Amy+Becker

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