06 January 2008


As we all know happiness is subjective. That being said, here is a subjective map of world happiness.

Courtesy Adrian White, Analytic Social Psychologist, University of Leicester. The data used to construct the map were extracted from a meta-analysis published by the New Economics Foundation (Marks, N. et al. (2006). The Happy Planet Index. London: New Economics Foundation)

Is kinda cool looking at the map. How dare the Venezuelans be that happy, let alone the Cubans!
Here is a breakdown of some of the happiness:

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 (edit: don't mention the war)
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

I notice Travelocity has some good bargains to Burundi...ok, I made that up.
I was somewhat surprised, yet gratified, by my birth country's rating, 41st. Only been here 7 years(plus 9 months from birth to 9 months), but man can they moan here! Let me quote Pink Floyd, '...desperation is the English way...'.
Really enjoyed the Denmark and Iceland ratings as I am a sweataphilliac and those places have always seemed attractive to me.
Anyway, think of The Bahamas and try to ignore the Canadians smirk my North American pals.

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