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Table 2 Self-reported end-digits in height: Swiss Health Surveys (SHS) 1992–2002 (N = 47,192)

From: End-digits preference for self-reported height depends on language

  Swiss Nationals: interview language    
End-digit preference German French Italian    
  N %   N %   N %     
SHS 1992/93 8,956 100.0   3,245 100.0   660 100.0     
0 1,715 19.1 ** 676 20.8   156 23.6     
5 1,179 13.2 ** 504 15.5 * 117 17.7 *    
8 1,253 14.0   408 12.6   80 12.1     
2 1,198 13.4   399 12.3   78 11.8     
0+5 2,894 32.3 ** 1,180 36.4   273 41.4 **    
2+4+6+8 3,918 43.7 ** 1,292 39.8   242 36.7 *    
SHS 1997 7,221 100.0   2,809 100.0   773 100.0     
0 1,231 17.0 ** 554 19.7   195 25.2 **    
5 883 12.2 ** 443 15.8 ** 112 14.5     
8 1,058 14.7 ** 339 12.1 * 96 12.4     
2 918 12.7   316 11.2   79 10.2     
0+5 2,114 29.3 ** 997 35.5 * 307 39.7 **    
2+4+6+8 3,222 44.6 ** 1,105 39.3 * 273 35.3 **    
SHS 2002 11,809 100.0   4,098 100.0   1,199 100.0     
0 2,047 17.3 ** 787 19.2   288 24.0 **    
5 1,435 12.2 ** 615 15.0 ** 175 14.6     
8 1,708 14.5   564 13.8   149 12.4     
2 1,538 13.0   488 11.9   131 10.9     
0+5 3,482 29.5 ** 1,402 34.2 * 463 38.6 **    
2+4+6+8 5,273 44.7 ** 1,657 40.4 * 455 37.9 *    
Total (all 3 SHSs) 27,986 100.0   10,152 100.0   2,632 100.0     
0 4,993 17.8 ** 2,017 19.9   639 24.3 **    
5 3,497 12.5 ** 1,562 15.4 ** 404 15.3 *    
8 4,019 14.4 ** 1,311 12.9   325 12.3     
2 3,654 13.1 ** 1,203 11.8   288 10.9 *    
0+5 8,490 30.3 ** 3,579 35.3 ** 1,043 39.6 **    
2+4+6+8 12,413 44.4 ** 4,054 39.9 ** 970 36.9 **    
  Foreign Nationals (irrespective of interview language)
End-digit preference Germany1 France Italy Other
  N %   N %   N %   N %  
SHS 1992/93 332 100.0   175 100.0   674 100.0   857 100.0  
0 67 20.2   43 24.6   195 28.9 ** 192 22.4  
5 39 11.7   25 14.3   125 18.5 ** 131 15.3  
8 43 13.0   20 11.4   80 11.9   109 12.7  
2 40 12.0   18 10.3   62 9.2 ** 113 13.2  
0+5 106 31.9   68 38.9   320 47.5 ** 323 37.7  
2+4+6+8 140 42.2   66 37.7   230 34.1 ** 342 39.9  
SHS 1997 254 100.0   124 100.0   705 100.0   935 100.0  
0 45 17.7   35 28.2 * 153 21.7   210 22.5 *
5 25 9.8   20 16.1   139 19.7 ** 156 16.7 *
8 36 14.2   18 14.5   75 10.6 * 99 10.6 *
2 25 9.8   8 6.5   91 12.9   115 12.3  
0+5 70 27.6   55 44.4 * 292 41.4 ** 366 39.1 **
2+4+6+8 111 43.7   46 37.1   265 37.6   361 38.6  
SHS 2002 379 100.0   152 100.0   728 100.0   1,107 100.0  
0 67 17.7   39 25.7 * 180 24.7 ** 234 21.1  
5 39 10.3   21 13.8   137 18.8 ** 174 15.7 *
8 63 16.6   12 7.9 * 82 11.3   137 12.4  
2 53 14.0   20 13.2   72 9.9 * 128 11.6  
0+5 106 28.0   60 39.5   317 43.5 ** 408 36.9 **
2+4+6+8 177 46.7   50 32.9   243 33.4 ** 410 37.0 **
Total (all 3 SHSs) 965 100.0   451 100.0   2,107 100.0   2,899 100.0  
0 179 18.5   117 25.9 ** 528 25.1 ** 636 21.9 **
5 103 10.7 ** 66 14.6   401 19.0 ** 461 15.9 **
8 142 14.7   50 11.1   237 11.2 ** 345 11.9 *
2 118 12.2   46 10.2   225 10.7 * 356 12.3  
0+5 282 29.2 * 183 40.6 ** 929 44.1 ** 1,097 37.8 **
2+4+6+8 428 44.4   162 35.9 * 738 35.0 ** 1,113 38.4 **
  1. 1 including nationals of Austria and the Principality of Liechtenstein
  2. Counts (N) and proportions (%) in Swiss and foreign residents. Asterisks indicate statistical significant difference (respective linguistic group vs. all others, *: p < 0.05; **: p < 0.01)