Saturday, July 29, 2006

 

World map of Happiness

Mr White analysed data published by UNESCO, the CIA, the New Economics Foundation, the WHO, the Veenhoven Database, the Latinbarometer, the Afrobarometer, and the UNHDR. It will be published in a psychology journal this September and will be presented at a conference later in the year.

The 20 happiest nations in the World are:

1. Denmark
2. Switzerland
3. Austria
4. Iceland
5. The Bahamas
6. Finland
7. Sweden
8. Bhutan
9. Brunei
10. Canada
11. Ireland
12. Luxembourg
13. Costa Rica
14. Malta
15. The Netherlands
16. Antigua and Barbuda
17. Malaysia
18. New Zealand
19. Norway
20. The Seychelles

Other notable results include:

23. USA
35. Germany
41. UK
62. France
82. China
90. Japan
125. India
167. Russia

The three least happy countries were:

176. Democratic Republic of the Congo
177. Zimbabwe
178. Burundi

http://pewresearch.org/social/pack.php?PackID=1

The main characteristics of the happiest countries are they're all small -- and pretty. White said that people in small countries have a sense of "collectivism," or being involved with each other's lives. And it never hurts to have a good view!


http://www.cbc.ca/cp/health/060728/x072802.html
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