6 New Stress Statistics from around the World


We wanted to know which age group is more stressed, which country tops the chart of most stressed nations, how work stress compares to entrepreneurial stress, etc.
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Stress Statistics

We have selected stress statistics from 2009 to 2016, from US, UK, France, Australia, Japan and European Union.

We wanted to know which age group is more stressed, which country tops the chart of most stressed nations, how work stress compares to entrepreneurial stress, etc.

The World Health Organization says stress has become a ‘World Wide Epidemic’

We also wanted to know the answer to the “Are entrepreneurs really stressed?” question (keep reading, but if you’re thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, you might not like it). Some of the stress statistics we have selected look at the costs of stress and the impact stress has on the health of the population. All in all, the results should make us take a moment and reflect.

1. Are men more stressed than women?

Stress Statistics by Gender

Stress Statistics Worldwide - Stress Statistics Reported stress levels by genderSource: American Psychological Association

On a scale from 1 to 10 where 1 means you have “little or no stress” and 10 means you have “a great deal of stress”, how would you rate your average level of stress during the past month?

In 2015, in US, adults reported overall stress levels increased slightly, with greater percentages of adults reporting extreme levels of stress than in 2014. They also report that stress has a negative impact on their mental and physical health, but they do not feel they are doing enough to manage their stress.

2. Gen X, Millennials or Baby Boomers?

Work Related Stress Statistics by Gender and Age

Stres Statistics Worldwide - Stress Statistics by Gender Age UK
Source: Health and Safety Executive

The higher rates reported by women is likely to be a product of the proportion of women in the public services and vocational occupations such as teaching and nursing (more stressful) and cultural differences in attitudes and beliefs between men and women around the subject of stress.

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3. What happens when you’re short on time

Time Pressure and Stress Statistics

Stress Statistics Worldwide - Stress Statistics Gallup Poll
Source: Galllup

Lack of time and stress go hand in hand. 54% of Americans who do not have enough spare time say they frequently experience stress. This is twice the percentage of those who have sufficient time to attend to their matters.

4. Can you guess which country is “the most stressed”?

Stress Statistics by Country

Stress Statistics Worldwide - Stress Statistics by Country

The percentage of the population experiencing high to moderate stress

Source: Various

You have surely noticed Japan’s high percentage of stress.

This translates into a surge of what is known as Karoshi – death by overwork. Japan’s Labour Ministry has released in 2016 a statistics showing the evolution of the number of compensated Karoshi cases over the last 20 years.

Stress Statistics Worldwide - Stress Statistics in Japan Karoshi

And it’s scary! It’s clear by now that all this comes with a cost.

5. Stress comes with a cost (in case you doubted it)

Healthcare Costs Due to Workplace Stress

In addition to the personal pain caused by stress, this also generates a cost for the society in terms of health care and social security costs.

Stress Statistics healthcare costs USAnd the European Union doesn’t do any better:

Stress Statistics healthcare costs EU

And, yes, that’s right: 20 billion!

The reasons to be stressed abound. Outside work people mention finances, family issues and health as top reasons for stress.

When it comes to work related stress: workload pressures, including tight deadlines and too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support, are pointed out as stress sources.

There are many reasons to be stressed, but one of them especially makes employees think about becoming entrepreneurs.

Lack of job-control is mentioned as one of the biggest stress factors and by becoming entrepreneur many people feel they will have more control. It might not be true if we are to look at the statistics.

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6. Just when you thought you will be less stressed as an entrepreneur

Stress Statistics by Employment Status

Stress Statistics EU employment type - stress at work vs entrepreneurial stress
Source: OSH in figures: Stress at work – facts and figures

Entrepreneurs well-being (by any of the well-being indices: stress, overall fatigue, sleeping problems, anxiety, irritability, headaches and hear diseases) is lower than the well-being of their employees counterparts. As surprising as it might be, stress in the workplace is lower than the stress of an entrepreneur or a startup founder.

In the same study it has been shown that well-being scores for self-employed workers are lower than for employed workers: 41% of the former consider that work has an adverse impact on their health, and 25% suffer from stress at work.

The corresponding figures for employed workers are 33% and 21% respectively.

Stress Management Techniques

Considering the high levels of stress impacting the people around the world it is clear that more elaborated stress management techniques are not part of the daily activities of too many of them.

In a study done by the American Psychological Association, the top stress management techniques identified were: watching television/movies for more than 2h per day, surfing the internet, sleeping, alcohol drinking and smoking.

Not too many of these stress management methods can be incorporated in a healthy lifestyle, though.

With some unexpected results (some of us still think entrepreneurs have less stress than employees) and some other that might be biased by cultural backgrounds ( stress by gender is the result of self-assessment and not based on objective facts), the statistics show that stress affects every age, gender or employment category.

You have most probably compared the data with your particular situation and realized that you are less stressed (luckily) or more stressed (unfortunately) then the average for your specific category.

Whatever the case, we hope that this article made you aware of the stress epidemic and will motivate you to take action.


The Japan Times: Japan needs to do more than simply ‘cope’ with stress

Work Related Stress, Anxiety and Depression Statistics in Great Britain 2016

Health and Safety Executive

Institut de Gestion du Stress

European Agency for Safety and Health: OSH in figures: stress at work – facts and figures

Australian Psychological Society


Japan’s Karoshi Disputes

Nielson Group – Workplace Stress: Assessing and Impacting

American Psychological Association: 2015 Stress in America


International Labour Organization: Case Study: Karoshi: Death from Overwork

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