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Lifestyle > Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Depression: 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 Japan 24.27% 2009
2 Hungary 21.71% 2009
3 Portugal 20.51% 2009
4 South Korea 20.09% 2009
5 Turkey 15.15% 2009
6 Czech Republic 13.04% 2009
7 Slovakia 12.63% 2009
8 Mexico 12.44% 2009
9 United Kingdom 11.25% 2009
10 Italy 10.61% 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 10.58% 2009
11 United States 10.27% 2009
12 Spain 9.99% 2009
High income OECD countries average (profile) 9.34% 2009
13 New Zealand 8.81% 2009
14 Belgium 8.56% 2009
15 Australia 8.2% 2009
16 Greece 7.75% 2009
17 Norway 7.71% 2009
18 Canada 7.35% 2009
19 Finland 6.47% 2009
20 Netherlands 6.28% 2009
21 Ireland 6.08% 2009
22 Poland 5.95% 2009
23 Austria 5.82% 2009
24 France 5.38% 2009
25 Germany 4.93% 2009
26 Sweden 4.4% 2009
27 Switzerland 4.21% 2009
28 Denmark 2.88% 2009

Citation

"Countries Compared by Lifestyle > Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Depression. 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/People-reporting-negative-experiences/Depression

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Interesting observations about Lifestyle > Society > Subjective well-being > People reporting negative experiences > Depression

  • Japan ranked first for society > subjective well-being > people reporting negative experiences > depression amongst High income OECD countries in 2009.
  • Germany ranked last for society > subjective well-being > people reporting negative experiences > depression amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2009.
  • Hungary ranked first for society > subjective well-being > people reporting negative experiences > depression amongst European Union in 2009.
  • All of the bottom 10 countries by society > subjective well-being > people reporting negative experiences > depression are European.
  • All of the top 3 countries by society > subjective well-being > people reporting negative experiences > depression are Heavily indebted.
  • Portugal ranked first for society > subjective well-being > people reporting negative experiences > depression amongst Eurozone in 2009.
  • France ranked second last for society > subjective well-being > people reporting negative experiences > depression amongst Non-religious countries in 2009.
  • United Kingdom ranked first for society > subjective well-being > people reporting negative experiences > depression amongst English speaking countries in 2009.
  • Denmark ranked last for society > subjective well-being > people reporting negative experiences > depression amongst NATO countries in 2009.
  • 14 of the bottom 15 countries by society > subjective well-being > people reporting negative experiences > depression are Christian.
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