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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 enjoyable company"
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 United States89.0%
2 France84.9%
3 Australia84.2%
4 Canada84.0%
5 United Kingdom 83.0%
6 Italy79.7%
7 Japan56.9%
8 Germany35.1%

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 = 0.643064 X +6.288
Correlation coefficient (r)0.243
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.059

GNI per capita, PPP (current international$)
No. of data8
Regression equation
Y = -3275.502419 X +51999.775
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.090
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.008

Life expectancy at birth - Both sexes (years)
No. of data8
Regression equation
Y = -0.014951 X +0.830
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.165
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.027

Fertility rate, total (births per woman)
No. of data8
Regression equation
Y = 0.442356 X +1.306
Correlation coefficient (r)0.406
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.165

Suicide - all ages (per 100,000 population, age-adjusted)
No. of data8
Regression equation
Y = 0.459401 X +10.207
Correlation coefficient (r)0.028
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.001