Findings on happiness in Veenhoven (1999): study ZZ 1990

Author(s)Veenhoven, R.
TitleOp Zoek naar een Menselijke Maat. Leefbaarheid van de Individualistische Samenleving. (Livability of Individualistic Society).
SourceRekenschap, 1999, June, 83 - 95
PublicAdults, general public, 48 nations, around 1990
 Argentinia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Great Britain, Bulgary, Canada, Chili, China, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, West Germany, East Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, IsraŽl, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA.
 around 1990
Survey nameNot available
 World Database of Happiness, States of Nations
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
 Non probability sample of nations, probability samples within nations
Respondents N =75000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textHappy Life Years Life-expectancy in nations multiplied by 0-1 average happiness as assessed with survey questions type O-HL
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole these days? 1 dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 satisfied
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, would you say you are.....? 4 very happy 3 quite happy 2 not very happy 1 not at all happy.
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Economical opportunity to chooseN14ab02cEconomic freedom
Economical opportunity to chooseN04ab13Socio-economic regime in the nation, also classified as above ↑
Individualism (toal-estimate by experts)N14ab07cIndividualization
InformationN02ab03bMedia attendance
Political opportunity to chooseN12NATION: POLITICS
Political opportunity to chooseN14ab02bPolitical freedom, also classified as above ↑
Private opportunity to chooseN14ab02aPrivate freedom in nations
SchoolingN02ab02Literacy and schooling
Support for individualistic valuesN02ab06cPrevalence of individualistic values