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Taiwan gets passing grade on well-being test: report

2012/06/27 23:20:31

Taipei, June 27 (CNA) The Chinese-language CommonWealth Magazine published a well-being index that graded Taiwanese nationals' well-being at a level slightly above passing, with an average score of 65.94 out of a total of 100.

The index followed the guidelines provided by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and asked interviewees to rate the level of importance and their satisfaction with their family, health, social connections, and jobs, and the political and economic situation in the country.

Of the five indicators, most interviewees rated family as the most important factor contributing to their well-being, followed by health, and social connections.

The political and economic situation was rated as "the least satisfactory" and "the least important" factors.

In terms of different generations, Taiwanese born in the 1980s felt the most optimistic about the future, while people born in the 1940s, 1950s, or 1960s felt pessimistic about the future, the report said.

When asked to rate their happiness compared with foreigners, 40 percent of Taiwanese felt they were happier than South Koreans and 70 percent said they were happier than people in mainland China.

On government policies that would contribute to people's well-being, the top-rated policies included policies that created jobs, kept prices stable, and improved the quality of health care.

The survey was conducted between May 18 and May 31. A total of 2,096 valid samples were collected, and the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.14 percentage points.

(By Stacey Wu and Ann Chen)