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Table 1 Share of respondents who report a happiest period and median spell duration, in years (for those who report it) by gender and country

From: The Best Years of Older Europeans’ Lives

  Share Median No. respondents
Country
Austria 0.40 20 526
Belgium 0.42 19 1,967
Czech Rep 0.51 26 1,327
Denmark 0.36 14 1,158
France 0.74 30 1,206
Germany 0.40 13 1,186
Greece 0.40 25 2,131
Italy 0.48 10 1,956
Netherlands 0.30 20 1,443
Poland 0.42 20 1,245
Spain 0.49 30 1,296
Sweden 0.48 22 1,126
Switzerland 0.37 15 755
Gender
Men 0.39 21 7,514
Women 0.48 20 9,808
Birth cohort
1928–38 0.41 28 4,746
1939–48 0.45 19 6,772
1949–58 0.46 15 5,804
Total 0.44 21 17,322
  1. Source: SHARELIFE, 2008–09. The sample is composed respondents aged 50–80 who met all selection criteria described in Sect. 3