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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 really understands me"
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 Italy81.5%
2 United States75.2%
3 Germany74.2%
4 Japan72.5%
5 France 71.1%
6 Canada64.1%
7 United Kingdom61.4%
8 Australia57.3%

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 = -2.757308 X +8.742
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.514
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.264

GNI per capita, Atlas method (current US$)
No. of data8
Regression equation
Y = -25301.173274 X +64726.680
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.211
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.045

Life expectancy at birth - Both sexes (years)
No. of data8
Regression equation
Y = -0.892702 X +82.559
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.041
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.002

Fertility rate, total (births per woman)
No. of data8
Regression equation
Y = -1.143645 X +2.410
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.471
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.222

Suicide - all ages (per 100,000 population, age-adjusted)
No. of data8
Regression equation
Y = -5.524335 X +14.398
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.147
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.022