Dataset ‘States of Nations’: User information

This data-collection is shared with colleague-investigators on the following conditions:

  • You cite this source. Cite as: Veenhoven, R. States of Nations, World Database of Happiness, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Available at: (+ year)
  • You add what you additionally gather to the database by sending us a copy of your enlarged datafile.
    Please add a text with details about the new variables that we can insert on this site.
  • You send us a copy of the research-report, which will be made available to the field through the Bibliography of Happiness.

On this site you find the description of the variables.

The SPSS data-file is free available on request. To use this file you need SPSS version 11 or higher.
Mail to: EHERO-WDH, ESE and we will send the file as an e-mail attachement.

The latest version is named: StatesOfNations_2020.sav

The dataset States of Nations is about characteristics of countries in periods (macro variables). It is part of the World Database of Happiness