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February 16, 2007

The World Map of Happiness

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Adrian G. White, a psychologist at the University of Leicester, produced a “world map of happiness.” The study reflects data from UNESCO, the CIA, the New Economics Foundation, the WHO, the Veenhoven Database, the Latinbarometer, the Afrobarometer, and the UNHDR.

The twenty happiest countries 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 rankings: USA (23), France (62), China (82) Japan (90), India (125). Fortunately, I am married to a Danish woman.

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what about Pakistan? or Afghanistan? on which number they are present now?


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What is the rank of Iranians when it comes to happiness?

I have to say, this list does nothing for me.
I dont understand how it was measured and if it were true what it means.

China is ranked 82?
Is there 83 countrys all the world?
I'm chinese.

That last line just made you my hero!

The happiness is something a little bit abstract concept that somehow we associate with our emotional state, and our emotional state depends of our point of view in a moment of our lives and it's hard to generalize to everyone...

I think it's better a study about our life behaviours and satisfactions.

Are you saying that your being married to a Danish woman makes the rest of Denmark very happy? ;O)

Go Iceland :)
J#

Marianne Poulsen, Director of Innovation Center Denmark wants me to pass this link to you. "I am sure he will get a kick out of it. Turns out that we have score number one in satisfaction for almost 30 years and a group of Danish researchers decided to find out why. They tested a number of hypothesis and it is really fun reading."
http://www.siliconvalley.um.dk/en/servicemenu/News/WhyDanesAreSmugComparativeStudyOfLifeSatisfactionInTheEuropeanUnion.htm

yeah, in austria is better


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Being from Norway, I think it's OK to be #19

I'm Danish and my girlfriend is Norwegian and I believe that there is a difference, just as the survey show. But you can't see the difference in Oslo/Southern Norway Vs. Copenhagen. It's because Norway is such a huge country with only 4.5 million people, that they're #19. Some of them are more Russian than they are Scandinavian - It's the same with countries like China, where much of the population is concentrated on the east coast - ask them alone and China wouldn't be #82. My bet is that Oslo alone would definitely be in the top 5. As for the other countries, I'm puzzled about some of the them, but pretty sure it's a good indicator all in all. Remember that Denmark is a small country (both in population and size) with aprox. 5.5 million people and we pretty much have the same opinions all the way round. We have the worlds best health and social system, so we really don't have a lot of (major) stuff to think about in our everyday life. We worry about all the small things and we worry way to much about 'em. On top of that we have the money to buy a house that are too expensive, if just one thing goes wrong. We have the excess money to use on online poker with the risk of going broke and the money to buy crap we really don't need even though we pay 50+ per cent in taxes and 280 per cent on our cars. So overall we're happy, we worry only in short periods of time. The sad thing is that when we are worried it's about stuff like >>why doesn't he want to be with me<<, >>What if i don't get that raise my neighbour got<< or >>I feel so alone and everybody seems so happy<<. Thougts like that tend to trigger extreme reactions (look at Britney, she shaved her head the other day) and for some people it's enough for you to want to go take a dive from a bridge. The problem is that we don't need to "fight" for anthing, it's there right in front of your nose and there are a lot of people who just can't cope with that. It could be compared to when an actor or actress starts to drink or do drugs. They have it all and then they begin to worry about the small things or you could look at a retired businessman - He collapses because he has all the money in the world, but no business to fight for any longer. When asked he would be ashamed of himself to say that he's unhappy, compared to an African boy fighting for his life. For people who are able to set up new goals for themselves and the country they live in and realize that there's a lot of things we can do better, but at the same time appreciate what they got, Denmark is one of the best and happiest countries in the world no doubt about it. And thankfully that is the majority of us :)

Someone needs to tell Bill O'Reilly

These studies are a bunch of gar-bage(French)!
No one came and asked if I was happy. How many of you were included in this survey? My point exactly. For unbiased technology news that's not so serious and boring visit http://www.techcrunchme.com

I'm definitely happy to be a Canadian. Sure, it's cold for a few months of the year, and we're responsible for Howie Mandel, but free health care, economic prosperity, and an enviable standard of living? Not bad, eh?

Very interesting..
Disturbing though is Australia is'nt on the
list! (My home country

PS Great site !

Wow, I would have thought Japan would have been much lower on the list.

Bow, Out of all countries (9) we visited in Europe I reckon the spanish (well, I can only speak of northern Spain) were the rudest, sour, unfriendliest bunch!

"Land of Thousand Smiles" is a tourism campaign, it does not mean Thais are generally happy.

According to UN and other studies, the 5 best countries to live in are ALL Constitutional Monarchies: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands and Canada. None are republics. I live in Canada, and aside from January & February am rather happy, I'm also an ExPat Brit. As the Danes and the Dutch have their "dream", so does Canada. Perhaps the mix is Socialism, Constutional Monarchism and Capitalism blended? I think these societies are more pluralist and liberal, therefore happier.

According to UN and other studies, the 5 best countries to live in are ALL Constitutional Monarchies: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands and Canada. None are republics. I live in Canada, and aside from January & February am rather happy, I'm also an ExPat Brit. As the Danes and the Dutch have their "dream", so does Canada. Perhaps the mix is Socialism, Constutional Monarchism and Capitalism blended? I think these societies are more pluralist and liberal, therefore happier.

I'm Malaysian, have been here for over 20 years and I'm wondering: How did Malaysia get 17th?!

Read any number of blogs at petalingstreet.org, a Malaysian blog aggregator, and you will find out about the blatant corruption, nepotism and institutionalized racism that a lot of people are unhappy about!

All ethnicities except for the Malays have to pay 5-10% MORE for housing (that could be $20,000 if buying a $200,000 house), has close to zero chance of getting a government scholarship/loan/contract. That's the tip of the iceberg. The government routinely rips off the public on highway tolls, public services, monopolized Internet services, and cars.

Heard of the little car company that bought Lotus? Proton? Yeah, that's us. We have to pay US$28K for the Proton Perdana, which is based on the 20-years-old Mitsubishi Eterna, has NO AIRBAGS and many technological generations behind an Accord that you can get for US$28K. (An mid-spec'ed 4-cyl Accord is US$40K here) Yeah, that's where they get the profits to buy Lotus.

Happiness is pretty subjective, at least I think so. I've always been taught that happiness is contingent on your circumstances .. since those could change at any given moment in time ... I suppose Denmark has less change associated with its population. But what do I know ... very little. I live in the 23rd spot.

I wouldn't trust a guy who puts out a map which still has Yugoslavia instead of the new republics that formed after its fall 17 years ago.

being from Denmark, and having lived both in the US and India, I know that this study will only tell you this much. I love Denmark for all it is, but consider that Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland are located in cold and dark climates that causes winter-depression (SAD) 3-4 months a year. If Thailand is the country of a 1000 smiles, Denmark at this time of the year would be the country of a 1000 sad looks...

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