Findings on happiness in Veenhoven (1993b): study ZZ 1980 /2

Author(s)Veenhoven, R.
TitleHappiness in Nations.
SourceStudies in Socio-Cultural Transformation, nr. 2, RISBO, 1993, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
PublicAdults, general public, 31 nations, circa 1980
 India, South Africa, Mexico, Philippines, Korea, Portugal, Iceland, Northern reland, Luxembourg, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Great Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Australia, France, Canada, Belgium, USA, Switzerland, Italy, Germany (West), Japan, Austria, Italy.
 circa 1980
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
 Non-probability sample of nations, probability samples within nations
Respondents N =40000
 Total sample size is about 40.000, sample sizes within nations vary between 1000 and 2000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksAlso published in R. Veenhoven: "Die Lebenszufriedenheit der Burger. Ein Indikator für die 'Lebbarkeit' von Gesellschaften? (Lifesatisfaction as an Indicator of Livability of Nations?)" in Nol, H.H.;Ed.: "Sozialberichterstattung in Deutschland", Juventa, 1997, Germany, 267 - 293
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on single question Various items using the term happiness Responses transformed to common 0 to 10 scale Scores on verbal response scales transformed using Thurstone's technique of expert weighing Scores on numerical scales shorter than 11 step transformed by linear stretching
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
EducationN02ab02aLiteracy in nation
EducationN04ab11cbPublic education in nation, also classified as above ↑
Freedom of pressN14ab01baFreedom of press in nation
Media attendanceN02ab03bMedia attendance in narion
NutritionN04ac02bMalnutrition in nation
Political democracyN12ab04Political democracy in nation
Real national incomeN04ab01Economic affluence in nation
Real national incomeN04ab01bPurchasing power (`real' gnp pc), also classified as above ↑
Social securityN04ab11ceSocial security in nation
Women's emancipationN14ab02cGender inequality (women emancipation) in nation