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Lifestyle > Society > Subjective well-being > Negative 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 Netherlands 73.56 2008 or latest available 2009
2 France 68.54 2008 or latest available 2009
3 Italy 67.44 2008 or latest available 2009
4 Germany 66.6 2008 or latest available 2009
5 Poland 65.9 2008 or latest available 2009
6 Greece 63 2008 or latest available 2009
7 Hungary 62.61 2008 or latest available 2009
8 South Korea 61.54 2008 or latest available 2009
9 Czech Republic 59.5 2008 or latest available 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 42.24 2008 or latest available 2009
High income OECD countries average (profile) 35.47 2008 or latest available 2009
10 Portugal 29.27 2008 or latest available 2009
11 Turkey 28.13 2008 or latest available 2009
12 Slovakia 25.49 2008 or latest available 2009
13 Japan 24.63 2008 or latest available 2009
14 United States 24.57 2008 or latest available 2009
15 Spain 23.98 2008 or latest available 2009
16 Belgium 23.77 2008 or latest available 2009
17 New Zealand 23.61 2008 or latest available 2009
18 United Kingdom 22.56 2008 or latest available 2009
19 Australia 22.07 2008 or latest available 2009
20 Canada 21.33 2008 or latest available 2009
21 Mexico 20.82 2008 or latest available 2009
22 Switzerland 19.78 2008 or latest available 2009
23 Norway 19.45 2008 or latest available 2009
24 Austria 18.21 2008 or latest available 2009
25 Sweden 15.84 2008 or latest available 2009
26 Ireland 15.58 2008 or latest available 2009
27 Finland 15.27 2008 or latest available 2009
28 Denmark 15.13 2008 or latest available 2009

Citation

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

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Interesting observations about Lifestyle > Society > Subjective well-being > Negative experience index

  • Netherlands ranked first for society > subjective well-being > negative experience index amongst High income OECD countries in 2009.
  • France ranked first for society > subjective well-being > negative experience index amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2009.
  • All of the top 7 countries by society > subjective well-being > negative experience index are European.
  • All of the top 2 countries by society > subjective well-being > negative experience index are Heavily indebted.
  • All of the bottom 5 countries by society > subjective well-being > negative experience index are European Union.
  • 6 of the top 7 countries by society > subjective well-being > negative experience index are Christian.
  • United States ranked first for society > subjective well-being > negative experience index amongst English speaking countries in 2009.
  • Sweden ranked last for society > subjective well-being > negative experience index amongst Non-religious countries in 2009.
  • All of the bottom 7 countries by society > subjective well-being > negative experience index are Cold countries'.
  • Ireland ranked second last for society > subjective well-being > negative experience index amongst Eurozone in 2009.
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