ESS 2006: How Interested in Politics

In Europe Social Survey 2006, the following question is asked:

How interested would you say you are in politics? are you

1 Very interested   
2 Quite interested   
3 Hardly interested   
4 Not at all interested

The participants from 19 countries answered the question above and here is the mean score value of the result:

Country / How interested in politics
Denmark – 2.20
Sweden – 2.32
Switzerland – 2.37
Germany – 2.40
Norway – 2.50
UK – 2.55
Finland – 2.57
France – 2.61
Estonia – 2.66
Belgium – 2.69
Bulgaria – 2.70
Slovakia – 2.70
Slovenia – 2.71
Russia – 2.71
Poland – 2.71
Hungary – 2.72
Cyprus – 2.73
Spain – 3.03
Portugal – 3.06

Source:
1. Europe Social Survey 2006 

United Kingdom Marriage and Divorce Rates: 1971 – 2005

Marriage and divorce rates (per 1000 population) in UK from year 1971 to 2005:

Source: National Statistic of UK

Picture: Savollinna in Winter

US: Teenage Pregnancy Rate, Birth Rate and Abortion Rate 1972 – 2005

The trend of US teenage (aged 15 – 19) pregnancy rate, birth rate and abortion rate (per 1000 women aged 15 – 19) for year 1972 to 2005:

Year Birth Rate Abortion Rate Pregnancy Rate
1972 61.7 19.1 95.1
1973 59.3 22.8 96.1
1974 57.5 27.0 98.8
1975 55.6 31.2 101.1
1976 52.8 34.3 101.1
1977 52.8 37.5 104.6
1978 51.5 39.7 105.4
1979 52.3 42.4 109.4
1980 53.2 42.8 111.0
1981 52.2 42.9 109.9
1982 52.4 42.7 109.8
1983 51.4 43.2 109.3
1984 50.6 42.9 107.9
1985 51.0 43.5 109.0
1986 50.2 42.3 106.7
1988 53.0 43.5 111.4
1989 57.3 42.0 114.9
1990 60.3 40.5 116.9
1991 61.8 37.4 115.3
1992 60.3 35.2 111.0
1993 59.0 33.9 108.0
1994 58.2 31.6 104.6
1995 56.0 29.4 99.6
1996 53.5 28.6 95.6
1997 51.3 27.1 91.4
1998 50.3 25.8 88.7
1999 48.8 24.7 85.7
2000 47.7 24.0 83.6
2001 45.3 22.8 79.5
2002 43.0 21.7 75.4
2003 41.6
2004 41.1
2005 40.5
2006 41.9

Or depicted in the graph:
 

Source:
1. Guttmacher Institute: U.S. Teenage Pregnancy Statistics National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity (Table 2.1)
2. US CDC: Recent Trends in Teenage Pregnancy in the United States, 1990-2002

Sweden Marriage and Divorce Rates: 1950 – 2005

Marriage and divorce rates (per 1000 population) in Sweden from year 1950 to 2005:

Source: Statistics Sweden

Picture: Singapore Esplanade

Landmark in Singapore, also known as durian, because of the look 😛

Weekly Highlight: 29.01.2008

Denmark:

Study: Danes most fearful of Islam
22.01.2008

A new report warns against a lack of dialogue and a widening gap between Islam and the West.
Danes are among the most critical of Islam, according to a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Some 79 percent of Danes responded in a poll that they considered more interaction with the Muslim world as a threat.
The worry was shared by a large majority in other European countries such as Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, where up to 67 percent of the population feared more Western interaction with Muslim communities.
The message of the report was clear: there was a widening gap between the West and Islam.
‘There is an alarmingly low optimism regarding dialogue between the two worlds,’ said Klaus Schwab, founder of the WEF, to Berlingske Tidende newspaper.
The WEF had conducted surveys in 21 countries (half of which were Muslim) throughout 2007. And the general picture was one of distrust.
The Danes’ and other Europeans’ views on interaction with the Islamic world as a threat was, according to the report, due to a ‘growing fear’ of the ‘Islamic threat’ against their European identities.
This assumption was based on ‘increased immigration from predominantly Muslim regions’ the report said.

Finland: in the wave of anti-smoking across Europe…

Survey: Clear Majority Would Permit Balcony Smoking
Published 28.01.2008, 07.43

A majority of Finns don’t want their housing associations interfering with the practice of smoking on private balconies. The finding was reported in an online survey by the daily Aamulehti.
70 percent of the respondents said they’d prefer if their housing associations did not intervene in cases of balcony smoking. Just 20 percent would prohibit smoking on balconies.
The Aamulehti survey was conducted last week by the research firm Taloustutkimus, and received responses from 1,003 persons. The survey’s margin of error was 3.1 percentage points with a 95 percent level of reliability.

Netherlands: well, definitely this phenomenon is not confined in Netherlands only 😛

Politician is least valued profession
Monday 28 January 2008

Politicians are the least valued professional group by the population at large, according to research by Blauw Research in Monday’s Telegraaf.
Politicians scored a value rating of just 5.1. Nurses and fire fighters scored highest with 8.3. Police officers (7.0) and soldiers (6.7) came in the middle of the value rating.
Of note are the relatively low scores for managers (5.6) and top sports men and women (6.2).

Norway:

EU opposition record high
First published: 28 Jan 2008, 12:44

A new public opinion poll indicates that more Norwegians than ever are opposed to joining the European Union (EU).
The poll, conducted by Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), measured would-be voter response to a proposed application for EU membership in January.
Fully 54.3 percent of those responding said they would vote against seeking EU membership, while 34.6 percent said they would vote in favour of EU membership. Just over 11 percent said they were undecided.
Norwegians have narrowly turned down EU membership twice, and the current poll indicates opposition has grown.
The country’s current left-center coalition government, which includes the most vehemently anti-EU party, the Center Party, has decided that it won’t raise the issue of EU membership during this parliamentary period.

Sweden:

More Swedes attempt suicide
Published: 28 Jan 08 08:59 CET

The number of suicide attempts among young people in Sweden is increasing. The rise among young women has been particularly sharp, although the figure for young men is also up.
The figures come in a report published on Monday by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, which shows that the greatest rise in attempted suicides in 2006 was among women in the 15-24 age group.
A total of 140,000 people (~1.53% of total population) were admitted to hospital in 2006 for ‘deliberate self-destructive action’, the official term used in medical registers for suicide attempts. Overdoses of tablets were most common.
The number of people who succeeded in killing themselves also increased, particularly among women aged 15-24. Some 8.4 women per 100,000 in the 15-24 age group committed suicide in 2006, the highest figure since 1979, according to official records.
“This is a terrible development, and we have no scientific studies that explain why, although the social climate is tougher these days,” Professor Britta Alin Åkerman at the Karolinska Institute’s Institution for Suicide Prevention told Svenska Dagbladet.

Switzerland Marriage and Divorce Rates: 1970 – 2004

Marriage and divorce rates (per 1000 population) in Switzerland from year 1970 to 2004:

Source: OECD Index of Statistical Variables – Population, Marriage and Divorce

Picture: Ice Cream Waffle

In Cameron Highland, taste yummy!

US: Abortion Rate 1996 by States

Abortion rate (abortions per 1000 women aged 15-44) in US by states for year 1996:

States / 1996
Alabama : 15.5
Alaska : 14.2
Arizona : 19.2
Arkansas : 11.2
California : 32.8
Colorado : 19.9
Connecticut : 21.9
Delaware : 24.0
District of Columbia : 104.5
Florida : 30.7
Georgia : 20.8
Hawaii : 26.8
Idaho : 6.1
Illinois : 25.3
Indiana : 11.1
Iowa : 9.3
Kansas : 18.6
Kentucky : 9.5
Louisiana : 14.5
Maine : 9.8
Maryland : 26.2
Massachusetts : 28.8
Michigan : 22.1
Minnesota : 13.7
Mississippi : 7.1
Missouri : 9.0
Montana : 15.4
Nebraska : 12.2
Nevada : 41.7
New Hampshire : 12.9
New Jersey : 34.9
New Mexico : 14.1
New York : 39.7
North Carolina : 19.5
North Dakota : 9.2
Ohio : 17.1
Oklahoma : 11.6
Oregon : 21.2
Pennsylvania : 15.0
Rhode Island : 23.3
South Carolina : 11.4
South Dakota : 6.5
Tennessee : 14.6
Texas : 20.2
Utah : 7.5
Vermont : 17.3
Virginia : 19.0
Washington : 20.9
West Virgina : 6.6
Wisconsin : 12.2
Wyoming : 2.6

Source:
Guttmacher Institute:  Abortion in the United States – Incidence and Access to Services, 2005

Portugal Marriage and Divorce Rates: 1970 – 2004

Marriage and divorce rates (per 1000 population) in Portugal from year 1970 to 2004:

Source: OECD Index of Statistical Variables – Population, Marriage and Divorce

Picture: Daisies at Cameron Highland

A little bit out of focus, but the result is not that bad at all…

MeThink: 60 000 Hits!

Huhuu, it is 60 000 hits!

10-06-2007: 10 000 hits.
04-09-2007: 20 000 hits.
21-10-2007: 30 000 hits.
25-11-2007: 40 000 hits.
25-12-2007: 50 000 hits.
27-01-2008: 60 000 hits!

Hoping for 100 000 hits at the anniversary 😛

US: Abortion Rate 2000 by States

Abortion rate (abortions per 1000 women aged 15-44) in US by states for year 2000: 

States / 2000
Alabama : 14.3
Alaska : 11.7
Arizona : 16.5
Arkansas : 9.8
California : 31.2
Colorado : 15.9
Connecticut : 21.1
Delaware : 31.3
District of Columbia : 68.1
Florida : 31.9
Georgia : 16.9
Hawaii : 22.2
Idaho : 7.0
Illinois : 23.2
Indiana : 9.4
Iowa : 9.8
Kansas : 21.4
Kentucky : 5.3
Louisiana : 13.0
Maine : 9.9
Maryland : 29.0
Massachusetts : 21.4
Michigan : 21.6
Minnesota : 13.5
Mississippi : 6.0
Missouri : 6.6
Montana : 13.5
Nebraska : 11.6
Nevada : 32.2
New Hampshire : 11.2
New Jersey : 36.3
New Mexico : 14.7
New York : 39.1
North Carolina : 21.0
North Dakota : 9.9
Ohio : 16.5
Oklahoma : 10.1
Oregon : 23.5
Pennsylvania : 14.3
Rhode Island : 24.1
South Carolina : 9.3
South Dakota : 5.5
Tennessee : 15.2
Texas : 18.8
Utah : 6.6
Vermont : 12.7
Virginia : 18.1
Washington : 20.2
West Virgina : 6.8
Wisconsin : 9.6
Wyoming : 1.0

Top 5 highest abortion rate:
– District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Florida.

Top 5 lowest abortion rate:
– Wyoming, Kentucky, South Dakota, Mississippi, Missouri.

Source:
Guttmacher Institute:  Abortion in the United States – Incidence and Access to Services, 2005

New Zealand Marriage and Divorce Rates: 1970 – 2005

Marriage and divorce rates (per 1000 population) in Norway from year 1970 to 2005:

Source: Statistics New Zealand

Picture: Orchid in Rose Garden

The beautiful yellow.

US: Abortion Rate 2005 by States

Abortion rate (abortions per 1000 women aged 15-44) in US by states for year 2005:

States / 2005
Alabama : 11.9
Alaska : 13.6
Arizona : 16.0
Arkansas : 8.3
California : 27.1
Colorado : 16.1
Connecticut : 23.6
Delaware : 28.8
District of Columbia : 54.2
Florida : 26.8
Georgia : 16.3
Hawaii : 21.8
Idaho : 6.1
Illinois : 18.9
Indiana : 8.6
Iowa : 10.6
Kansas : 18.4
Kentucky : 4.4
Louisiana : 11.7
Maine : 10.5
Maryland : 31.5
Massachusetts : 19.9
Michigan : 19.4
Minnesota : 12.7
Mississippi : 4.9
Missouri : 6.9
Montana : 11.7
Nebraska : 8.9
Nevada : 27.0
New Hampshire : 11.7
New Jersey : 34.3
New Mexico : 15.7
New York : 38.2
North Carolina : 18.8
North Dakota : 9.6
Ohio : 14.9
Oklahoma : 9.5
Oregon : 17.7
Pennsylvania : 13.8
Rhode Island : 23.2
South Carolina : 7.9
South Dakota : 5.1
Tennessee : 14.4
Texas : 17.3
Utah : 6.4
Vermont : 11.7
Virginia : 16.5
Washington : 17.5
West Virgina : 6.7
Wisconsin : 8.5
Wyoming : 0.7

Top 5 highest abortion rate:
– District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware.

Top 5 lowest abortion rate:
– Wyoming, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Dakota, Idaho.

Source:
Guttmacher Institute:  Abortion in the United States – Incidence and Access to Services, 2005

Netherlands Marriage and Divorce Rate: 1970 – 2005

Crude marriage and divorce rate (per 1000 population) in Netherlands from year 1970 to 2005:

Source: Statistic Netherlands

Picture: Cosmos in Cameron Highland

Lovely flower…

Korea Marriage and Divorce Rates: 1970 – 2004

Marriage and divorce rates (per 1000 population) in Korea from year 1970 to 2004:

Source: OECD Index of Statistical Variables – Population, Marriage and Divorce

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