What is this data file ‘States of Nations?


  • Cross-national analysis of happiness. Answer to question of in what kind of society people live happiest


  • Nations in which the distribution of happiness is assessed by means of general population surveys

Coverage at 1-7-2020

  • 155 nations
  • 1945 – 2020


  • Characteristics of nations
      –   Economy
      –   National character
      –   Demography
      –   etc……
  • Happiness in nations
      –  Distribution of happiness
          –  Average level of happiness, measured by means
          –  Inequality in happiness, measured by standard deviations
      –  Distribution of happiness derivates
           –  Happy life-years (0-1 happiness x life-expectancy)
           –  Equality adjusted happiness (index of mean and standard deviation)
           –  Change average happiness over periodes of 10, 20, 30 and 40 years
      –  Correlates of happiness (concomittants)
           –  r happiness – age
           –  r happiness – income
           –  etc……
  • The list of variables can be browsed on this site. Go to States of Nations by Topic or States of Nations by Theme

Data file

  • The data are stored in an Excel file which can be downloaded here. This Excel fil can be uploaded in statistical programs such as SPSS or R.

Cite as:

Veenhoven, R. (20??)
States of Nations: Data file for the cross-national analysis of happiness
World Database of Happiness, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Assessed on (date) at: (+ year)