Percentage of population with 5 or more close friends

What this measures

Dimension: Social support

This indicator represents the percentage of the population who report having 5 or more close friends. A close friend is not a relative, but someone whom a person feels at ease with, that he or she can talk to about personal matters, and who can be called upon for help.

Why this matters

People with a larger number of strong friendships are better able to cope with stress, are more resilient to illness and disease, and report greater satisfaction with life.

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