Social Research Center - University of Iceland
Comparing Well-Being of Nations - An International Database
Comparing Ranking of Nations with 37 and 69 Variables

Nordic
NW European
English Speaking
Asian
South European
East European
37 Variables 69 Variables
Ranking Country Score Ranking Country Score
1 Denmark 0.798 1 Denmark 0.792
2 Sweden 0.789 2 Sweden 0.784
3 Norway 0.756 3 Norway 0.755
4 Finland 0.752 4 Finland 0.747
5 Netherlands 0.747 5 Netherlands 0.727
6 Iceland 0.730 6 Iceland 0.722
7 Luxembourg 0.712 7 Switzerland 0.707
8 Austria 0.699 8 Luxembourg 0.704
9 Switzerland 0.688 9 Austria 0.675
10 Belgium 0.645 10 Australia 0.643
11 New Zealand 0.645 11 Canada 0.643
12 Australia 0.636 12 New Zealand 0.641
13 Canada 0.633 13 Belgium 0.629
14 France 0.616 14 UK 0.628
15 UK 0.602 15 France 0.623
16 Ireland 0.596 16 Germany 0.603
17 Germany 0.586 17 Ireland 0.575
18 Czech Republic 0.562 18 Czech Republic 0.552
19 Japan 0.551 19 Japan 0.538
20 Spain 0.513 20 Spain 0.507
21 South Korea 0.501 21 USA 0.479
22 Greece 0.476 22 South Korea 0.470
23 USA 0.475 23 Italy 0.459
24 Italy 0.467 24 Greece 0.450
25 Slovakia 0.461 25 Slovakia 0.438
26 Hungary 0.407 26 Hungary 0.433
27 Portugal 0.368 27 Portugal 0.389
28 Poland 0.348 28 Poland 0.351
29 Turkey 0.203 29 Turkey 0.176
Correlation Matrix for WBI and Sub-Indices with 37 and 69 Variables

37 variables
      Economic factors Non-
Economic
Health Employment Education Income-inequality Poverty & material deprivation Family Social Cohesion Subjective factors Total Well Being
     
     
69 Economic 0.99 0.69 0.56 0.74 0.52 0.46 0.40 0.44 0.55 0.65 0.75
Non-Economic 0.66 0.99 0.66 0.74 0.55 0.82 0.81 0.83 0.86 0.86 0.99
Health 0.47 0.72 0.94 0.62 0.24 0.44 0.44 0.44 0.76 0.69 0.71
Employment 0.64 0.79 0.68 0.96 0.44 0.43 0.45 0.55 0.77 0.74 0.80
Education 0.61 0.61 0.25 0.48 0.98 0.45 0.30 0.36 0.36 0.54 0.63
Income-inequality 0.38 0.81 0.37 0.38 0.32 0.99 0.91 0.79 0.61 0.55 0.79
Poverty & material deprivation 0.30 0.80 0.35 0.38 0.19 0.89 0.97 0.80 0.66 0.58 0.77
Family 0.54 0.90 0.54 0.62 0.48 0.77 0.76 0.92 0.77 0.71 0.89
Social Cohesion 0.68 0.91 0.73 0.77 0.39 0.60 0.67 0.72 0.91 0.87 0.91
Subjective 0.70 0.87 0.69 0.73 0.52 0.53 0.54 0.64 0.81 0.96 0.88
Total Well Being 0.72 0.99 0.67 0.77 0.57 0.81 0.79 0.81 0.85 0.86 0.99
List of 37 Version

Economic Factors
 
GDP per head, US $, constant prices and PPPs, ref. year 2000 - Average 2000-2007 (OECD)
The Global Competitiveness Index 2009–2010 score (World Economic Forum)
Income levels for people at different points in the distribution, mid 2000s - Median income (USD PPP) (OECD)
Real GDP Growth, annual growth in % - Average 2000-2007 (OECD)
 
 
Health Factors
 
Life expectancy at birth 2007 - Total (Years) (OECD)
Potential years of life lost [Premature mortality], 2006 - Males (Per 100.000) (OECD)
Suicide, mortality rates, 2006 - Total (Per 100.000) (OECD and WHO)
Infant mortality rates 2007 (Per 1.000) (OECD and WHO)
Percentage of adult population with Body Mass Index over 30 (obese population), around 2007 - Total (OECD)
Average number of decayed, missing or filled teeth, 12y old, 2006 (OECD)
Experience depression yesterday, 2009 (% Yes) (Gallup WP)
 
 
Employment Factors
 
Employment/population ratio (Persons aged 15-64 years (percentages)) - Average of 2005-2008 (OECD)
Unemployment rate (Men aged 15-64 %) - Average of 2004-2008 (OECD)
Unemployment rate (Women aged 15-64, %) - Average of 2004-2008 (OECD)
Share of population living in jobless households: Level around 2005 (OECD)
Average annual hours actually worked per person in employment - Total employment - Average for 2005-2008 (OECD)
 
 
Educational Factors
 
Population with at least upper secondary education, 25-34 year-olds, 2007 (OECD)
Population that has attained at least tertiary education, 25-34 year-olds, 2007 (OECD)
Mean score in science, 2006 - PISA results (OECD)
 
 
Income Inequality
 
Gini coefficients of income inequality in OECD countries, mid 2000s (OECD and LIS)
Levels of income inequality - Interdecile ratio P90/P10: Level mid 2000s (OECD and LIS)
 
 
Poverty & Material Deprivation
 
Relative poverty rates for different income thresholds, mid-2000s - 50% (OECD)
Poverty rates among children, Mid-2000s (OECD)
Poverty among people of retirement age, Mid-2000s (OECD)
Prevalence of different forms of material deprivation (% of total population) - Inability to make ends meet (OECD)
 
Family Factors
 
Young males not in employment, education or training in the OECD is relatively stable (%), 2006 (OECD)
Public and mandatory private expenditures on welfare - Family, Cash benefits, Family allowances (% of GDP) - 2005 (OECD)
Public and mandatory private expenditures on family benefits in kind (Daycare/Home-help services), % of GDP 2005 (OECD)
Enrolment rates of children aged three to five years of age in pre-school educational programmes, 2006 (OECD)
Gender equality score 2009 (Global Gender Gap Index) (WE Forum)
 
 
Social Cohesion & Participation
 
Voter turnout in parliamentary elections (% of voting age population-latest available year) (www.idea.int/vt/)
Corruption Index, 2009 (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Employment participation of people with disabilities, % around 2005 (OECD)
 
 
Subjective Well-Being
 
Struggling Index, 2009 (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Personal Health Index, 2009 (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Experience stress yesterday, 2009 (% Yes) (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Life satisfaction today, 2009 (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
 
List of 69 Version

Economic Factors
 
GDP per head, US $, constant prices and PPPs, ref. year 2000 - Average 2000-2007 (OECD)
The Global Competitiveness Index 2009–2010 score (World Economic Forum)
Income levels for people at different points in the distribution, mid 2000s - Median income (USD PPP) (OECD)
Real GDP Growth, annual growth in % - Average 2000-2007 (OECD)
GDP per head, US $, constant prices, constant PPPs, reference year 2000 - Average 1990-1999 (OECD)
 
 
Health Factors
 
Life expectancy at birth 2007 - Total years. (OECD)
Potential years of life lost [Premature mortality], 2006 - Males (Per 100.000) (OECD)
Suicide, mortality rates, 2006 - Total (Per 100.000) (OECD and WHO)
Infant mortality rates 2007 (Per 1.000) (OECD and WHO)
Percentage of adult population with Body Mass Index over 30 (obese population), around 2007 - Total (OECD)
Average number of decayed, missing or filled teeth, 12y old, 2006 (OECD)
Experience depression yesterday, 2008 or 2009 (% Yes) (Gallup WP)
AIDS incidence rates, 2006 (New cases per million population) (OECD)
Percentage of adult population smoking daily, 2007 - Total (% of 15y and over) (OECD)
Alcohol consumption in litres per capita, population aged 15+, 2007 (OECD)
Out of pocket and private health insurance as a share of total health expenditure, 2007 - Total (OECD)
 
 
Employment Factors
 
Employment/population ratio (Persons aged 15-64 years (percentages)) - Average of 2005-2008 (OECD)
Unemployment rate (Men aged 15-64 %) - Average of 2004-2008 (OECD)
Unemployment rate (Women aged 15-64, %) - Average of 2004-2008 (OECD)
Share of population living in jobless households: Level around 2005 (OECD)
Average annual hours actually worked per person in employment - Total employment - Average for 2005-2008 (OECD)
Employment/population ratio (Women aged 15-64 years, %) - Average of 2004-2008 (OECD)
Employment/population ratio, age 55 to 64, Both sexes - Average of 2005-2008 (OECD)
Employment/population ratio, Persons aged 25-64 (%), Both sexes, 2007 - Less than upper secondary education (OECD)
ALMP - Public expenditure as a percentage of GDP - Total, 2005-2006 (OECD)
 
 
Educational Factors
 
Population with at least upper secondary education, 25-34 year-olds, 2007 (OECD)
Population that has attained at least tertiary education, 25-34 year-olds, 2007 (OECD)
Mean score in science, 2006 - PISA results (OECD)
Mean score in mathematics, 2006 (OECD)
Population with at least upper secondary education, 55-64 year-olds, 2007 (OECD)
Population with tertiary education, 25-64 year-olds, 2007 (OECD)
 
 
Income Inequality
 
Gini coefficients of income inequality in OECD countries, mid 2000s (OECD and LIS)
Levels of income inequality - Interdecile ratio P90/P10: Level mid 2000s (OECD and LIS)
Levels of income inequality based on different summary measures in mid-2000s - Interdecile ratio P50/P10: Level (OECD)
 
 
Poverty & Material Deprivation
 
Relative poverty rates for different income thresholds, mid-2000s - proportion below 50% of median equaivalized income (OECD)
Poverty rates among children, Mid-2000s (OECD)
Poverty among people of retirement age, Mid-2000s (OECD)
Prevalence of different forms of material deprivation (% of total population) - Inability to make ends meet, mid 2000s (OECD)
Relative poverty rates for different income thresholds, mid-2000s - 40% of median (OECD)
Poverty in households with a head of working age: All, 2005 (OECD)
Poverty in households with children; Single, Working, 2005 (OECD)
 
Family Factors
 
Young males not in employment, education or training in the OECD (% age 15-19), 2006 (OECD)
Public and mandatory private expenditures on welfare - Family, Cash benefits, Family allowances (% of GDP) - 2005 (OECD)
Public and mandatory private expenditures on family benefits in kind (Daycare/Home-help services), % of GDP 2005 (OECD)
Enrolment rates of children aged three to five years of age in pre-school educational programmes, 2006 (OECD)
Gender equality score 2009 (Global Gender Gap Index)(WE Forum)
Mean age of mothers at first childbirth, 2005 (OECD)
Net income solely on social assistance for sole parents with two children/median equivalent household income, 2005 (OECD)
Public social expenditure by broad social policy area, in percentage of NNI, 2005 - All social services except health (OECD)
Average of proportion of the 20-24 year-old cohort not in education and not employed between 1997 and 2007 (OECD)
 
 
Social Cohesion & Participation
 
Voter turnout in parliamentary elections (% of voting age population-latest available year) (www.idea.int/vt/)
Corruption Index (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Employment participation of people with disabilities, % around 2005 (OECD)
National Institutions Index (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Community Basics Index (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Law & Order Index (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Food & Shelter Index (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
 
 
Subjective Well-Being
 
Thriving Index (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Struggling Index (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Suffering Index (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Personal Health Index (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Experience stress yesterday (% Yes) (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Life satisfaction today (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Average points of life satisfaction on an 11-step ladder from 0-10, 2006 (OECD)
Personal Economy Index (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Citizen Engagement Index (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Youth Development Index (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Diversity Index (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
Violence Index (Gallup WP 2008-2009)
 
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