Cultures of sleep, and which is the “most awake” nation?

There is plenty of talk in the blogosphere on who spends the most time eating, but other takes on the new OECD leisure time study focus on who spends the most time sleeping:

France is the industrialized country where people spend the longest
periods sleeping, according to a series of surveys on social habits
conducted by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation
& Development.

The French sleep a daily average of 530 minutes, compared with 518
for Americans and 469 for Koreans — the OECD's "most awake" nation,
according to the study.

The most sociable OECD nation is considered to be Turkey.  Some of the New Zealand stereotypes are wrong (they don't play so much sport) and:

Young British girls drink the most for their age. Austrian teens smoke the most.

Look under "Risky Behavior" for information on teenage drunkenness but for teenage boys the U.S. has the lowest rate.  Here is a brief summary with a link to the main study.

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The US is the second-highest when it comes to sleep. OECD average is 502 minutes.

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I think people can, yes.

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Loneshark, if that was the case, you would expect countries with a lot of working women to have the lowest sleep scores, but I think the US and France are among the countries with the highest female labour participation.

Korea and Japan score very low, both around 470 minutes, while number three and four are Norway and Sweden, at around 485. Those four countries definitely have an image of little sleep. Finland on the other hand is completely normal, so a "northern sunlight" effect is not really conclusive. I can't find much else of a pattern, but it is intriguing.

I can't really think of a reason why countries would have a bias in measurement error, this seems like a subject you can measure quite objectively.

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@zamfir
Your average house wife gets up as early as dad, so that she can get the kids ready for school.

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I think the alcohol stat is interesting. It confirms my intuition that girls have a much easier time being served when they are still underage in the US than guys.

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@ Rational expectations

The vast majority of underage drinking is done outside of bars. As this 20 year old male college student can tell you, everyone over 16 has access to alcohol if they want it.

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In all cases the number of hours of sleep seems high to me. I think I sleep more than most of my friends and colleagues and I average just over 450 minutes of sleep per day. Do people really manage to sleep over 8 hours a day?

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Landesbank LBBW für 175 Millionen Euro an die baden-württembergischen Sparkassen verkaufen.

Dies habe die Verbandsversammlung am Donnerstag einstimmig in Budenheim bei Mainz beschlossen, sagte eine Verbandssprecherin. Die rheinland- pfälzischen Sparkassen halten 4,9 Prozent an der größten deutschen Landesbank, für die eine Kapitalspritze von fünf Milliarden Euro geplant ist. Der Sparkassenverband Baden-Württemberg will am Freitag über das Angebot der rheinland-pfälzischen Sparkassen entscheiden.

Falls der Verkauf nicht zustande komme, werde sich der rheinland- pfälzische Sparkassenverband nicht an der geplanten Kapitalerhöhung für das von der Finanzkrise getroffene Institut beteiligen, teilte der Sparkassenverband Rheinland-Pfalz (SVRP) mit. Der Anteil der Rheinland-Pfälzer an der Kapitalerhöhung hätte 246 Millionen Euro betragen. «Für eine strategische Beteiligung ist der Anteil der rheinland-pfälzischen Sparkassen zu klein, um dauerhaft weitere Investitionen zu rechtfertigen», erklärte der SVRP-Vorsitzende, Landrat Hans Jörg Duppré. Unabhängig vom Ausstieg wollten die rheinland-pfälzischen Sparkassen die geschäftliche Zusammenarbeit mit der LBBW aber fortsetzen und ausbauen, sagte SVRP-Präsident Hans Otto Streuber.

Der rheinland-pfälzische Verband hatte der LBBW im März seinen Anteil von 246 Millionen Euro an der Kapitalspritze verweigert und erklärt, zunächst müssten mit dem Sparkassenverband Baden-Württemberg Gespräche über die künftige Beteiligungsstruktur bei der LBBW geführt werden. Mit der Kapitalspritze soll die wegen der Finanzkrise geschrumpfte LBBW-Eigenkapitaldecke aufgepolstert werden. Die LBBW hatte 2008 einen Verlust von 2,1 Milliarden Euro eingefahren.

Am Donnerstag gab die Stadt Stuttgart endgültig grünes Licht für die Milliarden-Kapitalspritze. Die baden-württembergischen Sparkassen wollen am Freitag endgültig über ihren Beitrag an der Kapitalerhöhung entscheiden. Das Land hatte bereits im März zugestimmt.

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