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Question: People look for various things in a close friend and can differ on how important or not some things are for them. Please tick a box to say how important or not it is for close friends of yours to be each of the following: "Someone who is intelligent and makes me think"
Choices: "Extremely important" "Very important" "Fairly important" "Not too important" "Not at all important"
Data: % of "Extremely important" "Very important"
Period:
Area:
8 countries/ areas
Highlight:
1 Italy73.1%
2 United States59.8%
3 France 50.0%
4 Canada47.9%
5 Australia47.1%
6 Germany42.7%
7 Japan34.9%
8 United Kingdom31.0%

Note
Can't choose/ No answer are excluded. Germany: unweighted sum of West and East Germany. Israel: unweighted sum of Jews and Arabs. United Kingdom: excluding Northern Ireland.

No data for 2 countries.

Source
ISSP 2001

Correlations with major national performance indices
Life satisfaction (10 steps)
No. of data8
Regression equation
Y = -0.152633 X +6.895
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.047
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.002

GNI per capita, Atlas method (current US$)
No. of data8
Regression equation
Y = 2776.401533 X +45759.901
Correlation coefficient (r)0.039
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.002

Life expectancy at birth - Both sexes (years)
No. of data8
Regression equation
Y = -1.491594 X +82.658
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.114
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.013

Fertility rate, total (births per woman)
No. of data8
Regression equation
Y = -0.384661 X +1.800
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.264
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.070

Suicide - all ages (per 100,000 population, age-adjusted)
No. of data8
Regression equation
Y = -6.243717 X +13.566
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.277
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.077