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High income OECD countries Compared by Lifestyle > Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Worry

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 Portugal 57.6% 2009
2 Italy 45.84% 2009
3 Slovakia 39.31% 2009
4 South Korea 37.95% 2009
5 Netherlands 37.01% 2009
6 Spain 35.52% 2009
7 Greece 34.12% 2009
8 Czech Republic 33.92% 2009
9 United States 33.65% 2009
10 Belgium 33.31% 2009
11 Canada 32.32% 2009
12 Switzerland 32.11% 2009
13 Japan 31.83% 2009
14 New Zealand 31.43% 2009
15 France 31.35% 2009
16 Australia 30.63% 2009
17 Germany 29.34% 2009
18 Finland 29.07% 2009
19 Norway 29.05% 2009
20 Poland 28.62% 2009
21 United Kingdom 26.76% 2009
22 Denmark 23.65% 2009
23 Austria 23.49% 2009
24 Ireland 19.91% 2009
25 Sweden 15.88% 2009

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