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Lifestyle Stats: compare key data on Switzerland & United Kingdom

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.
  • Food and drink > Alcohol > Consumption > Current: Alcohol consumption - Litres per capita by population aged above 15. (Data for 2003).
  • Food and drink > Beer > Consumption: Litres of beer consumed per person per year (2002).
  • Food and drink > Coffee > Consumption: Kilograms of coffee consumed per person per year, 2002.
  • Food and drink > Exports: Food comprises the commodities in SITC sections 0 (food and live animals), 1 (beverages and tobacco), and 4 (animal and vegetable oils and fats) and SITC division 22 (oil seeds, oil nuts, and oil kernels)."
  • Food and drink > Fruit juice > Consumption: Consumption of fruit juices. Litres per person per year, 2002.
  • Food and drink > Soft drink > Consumption: Consumption of carbonated soft drinks. Litres per person per year, 2002.
  • Food and drink > Tea > Consumption: Kilograms of tea consumed per person per year, 2002.
  • 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.
  • Quality of life index: Quality of Life Index is an estimation of overall quality of life by using empirical formula (the formula is an our opinion and it's based on experiments). The actual formula might be changed. Currently, we put the highest weight to pollution - if the environment is polluted too much, the economy or safety cannot fulfill it. We put the second highest importance to safety, since it is more important to feel safe rather than wealthy, in our opinion. etc. The number 65 is added so that the numbers are in such range so it rarely goes under zero (65 is a range modifier).
  • Roller coasters: Number of roller coasters in each country. Includes both wooden and steel constructions.
  • Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Depression: 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.
  • Very proud of their nationality: Percentage responding in 1990s surveys that they were very proud of their nationality.
  • 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 per million: Number of roller coasters in each country. Includes both wooden and steel constructions. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Society > Volunteering and social support > Volunteering > Volunteered your time: A tool for valuing volunteering is provided by the new Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts, developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civic Society Studies in co-operation with the United Nations Statistics Division. The Handbook recommends that countries regularly produce “satellite accounts” of the non-profit sector, providing a comprehensive picture of its size and operation. So far, eight OECD countries have implemented this handbook, with data referring to a year between 1999 and 2004, and four additional countries are committed to do so in the future.

    Beyond the comprehensive information available through these handbooks, information on the size of volunteering and social support is available for a larger number of countries through household surveys. The data presented here are drawn from the Gallup World Poll. Data on volunteering are based on the two following questions: “Have you donated money to an organization in the last month?” and “Have you volunteered your time to an organization in the last month?”. Data on social support from the same survey are based on the questions: “If you were in trouble, do you have relatives or friends you can count on to help you whenever you need them?” and “Have you helped a stranger or someone you didn’t know who needed help in the last month?”. Population shares are calculated as a percentage of all respondents excluding those who refused or didn’t’ know how to answer the various questions.
  • Not proud of their nationality: Percentage responding in 1990s surveys that they were not proud of their nationality.
  • Food and drink > Bottled water > Consumption: Consumption of bottled water. Litres per person per year, 2002.
  • Food and drink > Wine > Consumption: Litres of wine consumed per person per year (2002).
  • Will fight for country: Percentage in 1990s surveys responding that they are willing to fight for their country.
  • Trust people: Percentage in 1990s surveys agreeing that people can be trusted.
  • Food and drink > Big Mac nutritional values > Carbohydrates: Grams of carbohydrates in a McDonald's Big Mac in each country. Results are from the McDonald's website in each country.
  • Food and drink > Big Mac nutritional values > Fat:

    Grams of fat in a McDonald's Big Mac in each country. Results are from the McDonald's website for each country.

  • Society > Suicides > Suicide rates and per capita GDP > Suicide rate: Data on suicide rates are based on official registers on causes of death based on international conventions surrounding the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD). The rates shown here are standardised using the OECD population structure of 1980, so as to allow controlling for differences in the age structure of the population across countries and over time. Suicide rates are expressed as deaths per 100 000 individuals.
  • Amphetamine use per million: 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. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Food and drink > Total spirit > Consumption: Litres of spirits consumed per person per year, 2002.
  • Society > Subjective well-being > Negative experience index: 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.
  • Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Boredom: 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.
  • Food and drink > Big Mac nutritional values > Salt equivalent:

    Milligrams of salt in a McDonald's Big Mac in each county.  Results are from the McDonald's website for each country.   

  • Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting positive experiences > Enjoyment: 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.
  • Food and drink > Big Mac nutritional values > Protein: Grams of protein in a McDonald's Big Mac in each country. Results are from the McDonald's website for each country.
  • Society > Volunteering and social support > Social support > Helped a stranger: A tool for valuing volunteering is provided by the new Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts, developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civic Society Studies in co-operation with the United Nations Statistics Division. The Handbook recommends that countries regularly produce “satellite accounts” of the non-profit sector, providing a comprehensive picture of its size and operation. So far, eight OECD countries have implemented this handbook, with data referring to a year between 1999 and 2004, and four additional countries are committed to do so in the future.

    Beyond the comprehensive information available through these handbooks, information on the size of volunteering and social support is available for a larger number of countries through household surveys. The data presented here are drawn from the Gallup World Poll. Data on volunteering are based on the two following questions: “Have you donated money to an organization in the last month?” and “Have you volunteered your time to an organization in the last month?”. Data on social support from the same survey are based on the questions: “If you were in trouble, do you have relatives or friends you can count on to help you whenever you need them?” and “Have you helped a stranger or someone you didn’t know who needed help in the last month?”. Population shares are calculated as a percentage of all respondents excluding those who refused or didn’t’ know how to answer the various questions.
  • Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Anger: 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.
  • Society > Volunteering and social support > Volunteering > Donated money: A tool for valuing volunteering is provided by the new Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts, developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civic Society Studies in co-operation with the United Nations Statistics Division. The Handbook recommends that countries regularly produce “satellite accounts” of the non-profit sector, providing a comprehensive picture of its size and operation. So far, eight OECD countries have implemented this handbook, with data referring to a year between 1999 and 2004, and four additional countries are committed to do so in the future.

    Beyond the comprehensive information available through these handbooks, information on the size of volunteering and social support is available for a larger number of countries through household surveys. The data presented here are drawn from the Gallup World Poll. Data on volunteering are based on the two following questions: “Have you donated money to an organization in the last month?” and “Have you volunteered your time to an organization in the last month?”. Data on social support from the same survey are based on the questions: “If you were in trouble, do you have relatives or friends you can count on to help you whenever you need them?” and “Have you helped a stranger or someone you didn’t know who needed help in the last month?”. Population shares are calculated as a percentage of all respondents excluding those who refused or didn’t’ know how to answer the various questions.
  • Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Worry: 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.
  • Food and drink > Big Mac nutritional values > Energy: Amount of kilocalories in a McDonald's Big Mac in each county. Results are from the McDonald's website for each county.
  • Food and drink > Alcohol > Consumption > 2000: Alcohol consumption - Litres per capita by population aged above 15 in 2000.
  • Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Sadness: 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.
  • Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Pain: 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.
  • Security > Victimisation rates > Victimisation by type of crime > All conventional victimisation: Crime statistics shown here are based on the 2005 International Crime Victim Survey (ICVS), run by a consortium coordinated by the United Nations Interregional Criminal Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). ICVS data for European countries are drawn from the European Survey on Crime and Safety, organised by a consortium led by Gallup Europe. Previous waves of this survey were conducted in 1989, 1992, 1996 and 2000, and most results can be compared across waves.
  • Food and drink > Big Mac nutritional values > Dietary fiber: Grams of dietary fiber in a McDonald' Big Mac in each country. Results are from the McDonald's website for each country.
  • Confidence in social institutions > Church: Proportion of people in 1990s surveys expressing confidence in this social institution.
  • Confidence in social institutions > Legal system: Proportion of people in 1990s surveys expressing confidence in this social institution.
  • Confidence in social institutions > Press: Proportion of people in 1990s surveys expressing confidence in this social institution.
  • Confidence in social institutions > Armed forces: Proportion of people in 1990s surveys expressing confidence in this social institution.
  • Members of voluntary organisations > Charity: Proportion saying they are active members of voluntary organisations in this category, 1990s surveys.
  • Confidence in social institutions > Police: Proportion of people in 1990s surveys expressing confidence in this social institution.
  • Society > Suicides > Suicide rates by gender > Women: Data on suicide rates are based on official registers on causes of death based on international conventions surrounding the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD). The rates shown here are standardised using the OECD population structure of 1980, so as to allow controlling for differences in the age structure of the population across countries and over time. Suicide rates are expressed as deaths per 100 000 individuals.
  • Discuss politics frequently: Proportions in 1990s surveys responding that they discuss politics frequently.
  • Confidence in social institutions > Parliament: Proportion of people in 1990s surveys expressing confidence in this social institution.
  • Political action > Attended a demonstration: Proportion of respondents in 1990s surveys who have ever attended a demonstration.
  • Confidence in social institutions > Legal system per million: Proportion of people in 1990s surveys expressing confidence in this social institution. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Political action > Joined a boycott: Proportion of respondents in 1990s surveys who have ever joined a boycott.
  • Food and drink > Alcohol > Consumption > 1980: Alcohol consumption - Litres per capita by population aged above 15 in 1980. Data not available for South Korea.
  • Confidence in social institutions > Civil service: Proportion of people in 1990s surveys expressing confidence in this social institution.
  • Political action > Signed a petition: Proportion of respondents in 1990s surveys who have ever signed a petition.
  • Confidence in social institutions > Police per million: Proportion of people in 1990s surveys expressing confidence in this social institution. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Society > Suicides > Suicides rates and subjective life-evaluations > Suicide rates: Data on suicide rates are based on official registers on causes of death based on international conventions surrounding the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD). The rates shown here are standardised using the OECD population structure of 1980, so as to allow controlling for differences in the age structure of the population across countries and over time. Suicide rates are expressed as deaths per 100 000 individuals.
  • Confidence in social institutions > Trade unions: Proportion of people in 1990s surveys expressing confidence in this social institution.
  • Confidence in social institutions > Companies: Proportion of people in 1990s surveys expressing confidence in this social institution.
  • Somewhat interested in politics: Proportions in 1990s surveys responding that they are somewhat interested in politics.
  • Job priority for men during recession: Percentages in 1990s surveys agreeing with job priorities for men when jobs are scarce.
  • Food and drink > Alcohol > Consumption > 1990: Alcohol consumption - Litres per capita by population aged above 15 in 1990.
  • Jobs for native citizens during recession: Percentages in 1990s surveys agreeing with job priorities for men when jobs are scarce.
  • Members of voluntary organisations > Parties: Proportion saying they are active members of voluntary organisations in this category, 1990s surveys.
  • Food and drink > Alcohol > Consumption > 1970: Alcohol consumption - Litres per capita by population aged above 15 in 1970. Data not available for Greece, South Korea or Mexico.
  • Food and drink > Exports > % of merchandise > Exports: Food comprises the commodities in SITC sections 0 (food and live animals), 1 (beverages and tobacco), and 4 (animal and vegetable oils and fats) and SITC division 22 (oil seeds, oil nuts, and oil kernels).
  • Forced retirement during recession: Percentages in 1990s surveys agreeing with job priorities for men when jobs are scarce.
  • Members of voluntary organisations > Environmental: Proportion saying they are active members of voluntary organisations in this category, 1990s surveys.
  • Members of voluntary organisations > Unions: Proportion saying they are active members of voluntary organisations in this category, 1990s surveys.
  • Food and drink > Imports > % of merchandise imports: Food comprises the commodities in SITC sections 0 (food and live animals), 1 (beverages and tobacco), and 4 (animal and vegetable oils and fats) and SITC division 22 (oil seeds, oil nuts, and oil kernels)."
  • Food and drink > Beverages and tobacco > % of value added in manufacturing: Value added in manufacturing is the sum of gross output less the value of intermediate inputs used in production for industries classified in ISIC major division 3. Food, beverages, and tobacco comprise ISIC division 31.
  • Members of voluntary organisations > Education: Proportion saying they are active members of voluntary organisations in this category, 1990s surveys.
  • Members of voluntary organisations > Professional: Proportion saying they are active members of voluntary organisations in this category, 1990s surveys.
STAT Switzerland United Kingdom HISTORY
Amphetamine use 0.8%
Ranked 5th.
3%
Ranked 2nd. 4 times more than Switzerland
Cannabis use 8.5%
Ranked 5th.
9%
Ranked 4th. 6% more than Switzerland
Food and drink > Alcohol > Consumption > Current 10.8 litres per capita
Ranked 11th.
11.2 litres per capita
Ranked 9th. 4% more than Switzerland
Food and drink > Beer > Consumption 57 litres
Ranked 13th.
97 litres
Ranked 6th. 70% more than Switzerland
Food and drink > Coffee > Consumption 7 kgs
Ranked 6th. 6 times more than United Kingdom
1.2 kgs
Ranked 16th.
Food and drink > Exports 3.94
Ranked 101st.
6.58
Ranked 89th. 67% more than Switzerland

Food and drink > Fruit juice > Consumption 22.8 litres
Ranked 12th.
29.3 litres
Ranked 8th. 29% more than Switzerland
Food and drink > Soft drink > Consumption 81.4 litres
Ranked 11th.
96.5 litres
Ranked 7th. 19% more than Switzerland
Food and drink > Tea > Consumption 0.4 kgs
Ranked 10th.
2.3 kgs
Ranked 1st. 6 times more than Switzerland
Happiness level > Very happy 38%
Ranked 11th. The same as United Kingdom
38%
Ranked 10th.
Happiness net 89%
Ranked 6th. 2% more than United Kingdom
87%
Ranked 9th.
Life satisfaction 8
Ranked 1st. 11% more than United Kingdom
7.2
Ranked 16th.
Quality of life index 201.95
Ranked 1st. 35% more than United Kingdom
149.05
Ranked 15th.
Roller coasters 3
Ranked 49th.
160
Ranked 3rd. 53 times more than Switzerland
Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Depression 4.21%
Ranked 27th.
11.25%
Ranked 9th. 3 times more than Switzerland
Very proud of their nationality 34%
Ranked 13th.
53%
Ranked 5th. 56% more than Switzerland
Life satisfaction inequality 1.9
Ranked 82nd.
2.2
Ranked 68th. 16% more than Switzerland
Roller coasters per million 0.401
Ranked 37th.
2.64
Ranked 6th. 7 times more than Switzerland
Society > Volunteering and social support > Volunteering > Volunteered your time 34.12%
Ranked 8th. 19% more than United Kingdom
28.65%
Ranked 10th.
Not proud of their nationality 20%
Ranked 4th. 82% more than United Kingdom
11%
Ranked 12th.
Food and drink > Bottled water > Consumption 111.2 litres
Ranked 4th. 4 times more than United Kingdom
25.4 litres
Ranked 10th.
Food and drink > Wine > Consumption 42 litres
Ranked 3rd. 2 times more than United Kingdom
20 litres
Ranked 9th.
Will fight for country 74%
Ranked 8th. The same as United Kingdom
74%
Ranked 7th.
Trust people 39%
Ranked 11th. 3% more than United Kingdom
38%
Ranked 12th.
Food and drink > Big Mac nutritional values > Carbohydrates 41 g
Ranked 20th. The same as United Kingdom
41 g
Ranked 18th.
Food and drink > Big Mac nutritional values > Fat 26 g
Ranked 17th. 8% more than United Kingdom
24 g
Ranked 34th.
Society > Suicides > Suicide rates and per capita GDP > Suicide rate 16.3 Per 100 000 persons, 2004
Ranked 6th. 3 times more than United Kingdom
6.3 Per 100 000 persons, 2004
Ranked 26th.
Amphetamine use per million 0.112%
Ranked 5th. 2 times more than United Kingdom
0.0511%
Ranked 9th.
Food and drink > Total spirit > Consumption 2.4 litres
Ranked 17th.
3.9 litres
Ranked 9th. 63% more than Switzerland
Society > Subjective well-being > Negative experience index 19.78 2008 or latest available
Ranked 22nd.
22.56 2008 or latest available
Ranked 18th. 14% more than Switzerland
Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Boredom 14.21%
Ranked 22nd.
27.13%
Ranked 6th. 91% more than Switzerland
Food and drink > Big Mac nutritional values > Salt equivalent 2,200 mg
Ranked 22nd. 5% more than United Kingdom
2,100 mg
Ranked 30th.
Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting positive experiences > Enjoyment 86.12%
Ranked 7th. 5% more than United Kingdom
82.4%
Ranked 13th.
Food and drink > Big Mac nutritional values > Protein 27
Ranked 15th.
28
Ranked 3rd. 4% more than Switzerland
Society > Volunteering and social support > Social support > Helped a stranger 61.54%
Ranked 5th. 5% more than United Kingdom
58.49%
Ranked 8th.
Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Anger 13.78%
Ranked 19th.
17.88%
Ranked 10th. 30% more than Switzerland
Society > Volunteering and social support > Volunteering > Donated money 70.74%
Ranked 4th.
72.23%
Ranked 3rd. 2% more than Switzerland
Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Worry 32.11%
Ranked 15th. 20% more than United Kingdom
26.76%
Ranked 24th.
Food and drink > Big Mac nutritional values > Energy 510 kcal
Ranked 16th. 4% more than United Kingdom
490 kcal
Ranked 33th.
Food and drink > Alcohol > Consumption > 2000 11.2 litres per capita
Ranked 9th. 8% more than United Kingdom
10.4 litres per capita
Ranked 12th.
Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Sadness 17.87%
Ranked 16th.
20.87%
Ranked 7th. 17% more than Switzerland
Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Pain 26.17%
Ranked 7th. 5% more than United Kingdom
24.85%
Ranked 8th.
Security > Victimisation rates > Victimisation by type of crime > All conventional victimisation 18.1%
Ranked 8th.
21%
Ranked 4th. 16% more than Switzerland
Food and drink > Big Mac nutritional values > Dietary fiber 3 g
Ranked 19th.
4 g
Ranked 1st. 33% more than Switzerland
Confidence in social institutions > Church 42%
Ranked 14th.
45%
Ranked 11th. 7% more than Switzerland
Confidence in social institutions > Legal system 68%
Ranked 3rd. 28% more than United Kingdom
53%
Ranked 12th.
Confidence in social institutions > Press 26%
Ranked 14th. 73% more than United Kingdom
15%
Ranked 17th.
Confidence in social institutions > Armed forces 49%
Ranked 10th.
81%
Ranked 1st. 65% more than Switzerland
Members of voluntary organisations > Charity 3%
Ranked 15th.
5%
Ranked 9th. 67% more than Switzerland
Confidence in social institutions > Police 70%
Ranked 10th.
77%
Ranked 6th. 10% more than Switzerland
Society > Suicides > Suicide rates by gender > Women 9.6 Per 100 000 persons, 2004
Ranked 4th. 3 times more than United Kingdom
2.8 Per 100 000 persons, 2004
Ranked 26th.
Discuss politics frequently 18%
Ranked 7th. 38% more than United Kingdom
13%
Ranked 12th.
Confidence in social institutions > Parliament 47%
Ranked 5th. 7% more than United Kingdom
44%
Ranked 7th.
Political action > Attended a demonstration 17%
Ranked 12th. 21% more than United Kingdom
14%
Ranked 14th.
Confidence in social institutions > Legal system per million 10.13%
Ranked 5th. 11 times more than United Kingdom
0.926%
Ranked 13th.
Political action > Joined a boycott 11%
Ranked 10th.
14%
Ranked 6th. 27% more than Switzerland
Food and drink > Alcohol > Consumption > 1980 13.5 litres per capita
Ranked 10th. 44% more than United Kingdom
9.4 litres per capita
Ranked 21st.
Confidence in social institutions > Civil service 50%
Ranked 5th. 9% more than United Kingdom
46%
Ranked 8th.
Political action > Signed a petition 66%
Ranked 6th.
68%
Ranked 5th. 3% more than Switzerland
Confidence in social institutions > Police per million 10.42%
Ranked 4th. 8 times more than United Kingdom
1.35%
Ranked 11th.
Society > Suicides > Suicides rates and subjective life-evaluations > Suicide rates 16.3 6.3
Confidence in social institutions > Trade unions 38%
Ranked 7th. 41% more than United Kingdom
27%
Ranked 16th.
Confidence in social institutions > Companies 46%
Ranked 13th.
47%
Ranked 11th. 2% more than Switzerland
Somewhat interested in politics 54%
Ranked 9th. 15% more than United Kingdom
47%
Ranked 12th.
Job priority for men during recession 29%
Ranked 8th.
31%
Ranked 7th. 7% more than Switzerland
Food and drink > Alcohol > Consumption > 1990 12.9 litres per capita
Ranked 8th. 32% more than United Kingdom
9.8 litres per capita
Ranked 19th.
Jobs for native citizens during recession 62%
Ranked 8th. 17% more than United Kingdom
53%
Ranked 11th.
Members of voluntary organisations > Parties 3%
Ranked 9th. 50% more than United Kingdom
2%
Ranked 12th.
Food and drink > Alcohol > Consumption > 1970 14.2 litres per capita
Ranked 6th. Twice as much as United Kingdom
7.1 litres per capita
Ranked 20th.
Food and drink > Exports > % of merchandise > Exports 2.68%
Ranked 97th.
5.18%
Ranked 83th. 93% more than Switzerland

Forced retirement during recession 58%
Ranked 1st. 35% more than United Kingdom
43%
Ranked 9th.
Members of voluntary organisations > Environmental 2%
Ranked 8th. The same as United Kingdom
2%
Ranked 7th.
Members of voluntary organisations > Unions 3%
Ranked 9th. 3 times more than United Kingdom
1%
Ranked 17th.
Food and drink > Imports > % of merchandise imports 6.29%
Ranked 107th.
10.86%
Ranked 69th. 73% more than Switzerland

Food and drink > Beverages and tobacco > % of value added in manufacturing 9.3%
Ranked 69th.
12.01%
Ranked 62nd. 29% more than Switzerland

Members of voluntary organisations > Education 8%
Ranked 7th. 3 times more than United Kingdom
3%
Ranked 17th.
Members of voluntary organisations > Professional 5%
Ranked 5th. 3 times more than United Kingdom
2%
Ranked 12th.

SOURCES: OECD; OECD Health Data 2005; Global Market Information Database, published by Euromonitor; World Bank staff estimates from the Comtrade database maintained by the United Nations Statistics Division.; World Values Survey 2005; World Database of Happiness, Happiness in Nations, Rank Report 2004/1  Average happiness in 90 nations 1990-2000; quality of life; The Roller Coaster Database, 2006.; OECD Country statistical profiles 2009; World Values Survey; 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. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; Wikipedia>Big Mac; Wikipedia>Big Mac ; OECD. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; Wikipedia> Big Mac; World Values Survey. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; World Development Indicators database

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