Findings on happiness in Touburg & Veenhoven (2015): study ZZ World samples 2000

Author(s)Touburg, G.; Veenhoven, R.
TitleMental Health Care and Average Happiness: Strong Relationship in Developed Nations.
SourceAdministration and Policy in Mental Health Services Research, 2015, Vol. 42, 394 - 404
DOIdoi: 101007/s10488 - 014 - 0579 - 8
Public18+ aged, general public, 143 nations, 2000-2009
Collect period2000
Last collect period2009
Survey nameNot available
 A: World Database of Happiness (Happiness in Nations), B: World Health Organization (Project Atlas 2011)
SampleSelection from probability samples
Respondents N =3000000
 Estimate: 143 nations with about 2000 respondents each
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on single question: Equivalent questions on life-satisfaction rated on various scales. The items differ slightly in wording and number of the response options. Scores are transformed to a common range 0 - 10 by means of expert weighting of response options (Thurstone's method).
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication4
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.30

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Mental health: % mental health care in total health budgetN04ac04daMental health care in nation
Mental health: % mental health care in total health budgetN04ab11ccPublic health in nation, also classified as above ↑
Mental health: professionals per capita in nationN04ac04daMental health care in nation