Findings on happiness in Veenhoven (1984): study ZZ 1974 /1

Author(s)Veenhoven, R.
TitleConditions of Happiness.
SourceKluwer Academic, 1984 (reprint), Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Public15+ aged, general public, 14 nations and regions, 1974-1976
 Australia, USA, Canada, Great Britain, France, Western Germany, Italy, Benelux (The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland), Brasil, Mexico, India, Japan. Also included is South of the Sahara Africa.
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability area sampling. Samples representative for countries; not representative for parts of the world.
Respondents N =6563
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Conducted by Gallup bureaus in different countries.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "To indicate how you feel about your life at this time, would you use this card? Suppose the top of the mountain represents the best life you can imagine, and the bottom step of the mountain represents the worst possible life you can imagine. On which step of the mountain would you say you personally feel you stand at this time? - assuming that the higher the step the better you feel about your life, and the lower the step the worse you feel about it. Just point to the step that comes closest to how you feel" 10 best possible life 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 worst possible life (Mountain scale not reproduced here)
Author's labelOverall happiness.
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Average life expectancyN09ab01acLife-expectancy in the nation
Civic disordersN12ab02Civil war
Coercion by governmentN14ab02bPolitical freedom
Degree of 'interest democracy'N12ab04aInterest democracy (interest-groups)
Freedom of pressN14ab02baFreedom of press
GNP per capitalN04ab01aGnp per capita (raw)
Income inequalityN14ab01dIncome inequality
InflationN04ab04Inflation in nation
Internal warN12ab02Civil war
Liberal democracyN12ab04bParliamentary democracy
Political protestN12ab05bPolitical violence
Public health expenditureN04ab13acPublic health in nation
Suicide ratesN09ab01beSuicide rate