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World happiness

Green = Happiest > Blue > Purple > Orange > Red = Least Happy; Grey = Data not available

The Satisfaction with Life Index was created by Adrian G. White, an Analytic Social Psychologist at the University of Leicester, using data from a metastudy.[1] It is an attempt to show life satisfaction in different nations.

In this calculation, subjective well being correlates most strongly with health (.7), wealth (.6), and access to basic education (.6). [2] [3] [4]

This is an example of a recent trend to use direct measures of happiness, such as surveys asking people how happy they are, as an alternative to traditional measures of policy success to GDP or GNP. Some studies suggest that happiness can be measured effectively.[5][6]

International Ranking (2006) Edit

Rank Country SWL Rank Country SWL
1 Flag of Denmark Denmark 273.33 90 25px Japan 206.67
1 25px Switzerland 273.33 90 25px Yemen 206.67
3 25px Austria 260 92 25px Portugal 203.33
3 25px Iceland 260 93 25px Sri Lanka 203.33
5 25px The Bahamas 256.67 94 25px Tajikistan 203.33
6 25px Finland 256.67 95 25px Vietnam 203.33
7 25px Sweden 256.67 96 25px Iran 200
8 25px Bhutan 253.33 97 25px Comoros 196.67
9 25px Brunei 253.33 98 25px Croatia 196.67
10 Flag of Canada Canada 253.33 99 25px Poland 196.67
11 25px Ireland 253.33 100 25px Cape Verde 193.33
12 25px Luxembourg 253.33 101 25px Kazakhstan 193.33
13 25px Costa Rica 250 102 25px South Korea 193.33
14 25px Malta 250 103 25px Madagascar 193.33
15 25px Netherlands 250 104 25px Bangladesh 190
16 25px Antigua and Barbuda 246.67 105 Flag of the Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo 190
17 Flag of Malaysia Malaysia 246.67 106 25px The Gambia 190
18 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 246.67 107 25px Hungary 190
19 25px Norway 246.67 108 25px Libya 190
20 25px Seychelles 246.67 109 25px South Africa 190
21 25px Saint Kitts and Nevis 246.67 110 25px Cambodia 186.67
22 25px United Arab Emirates 246.67 111 25px Ecuador 186.67
23 Flag of the United States United States 246.67 112 25px Kenya 186.67
24 25px Vanuatu 246.67 113 25px Lebanon 186.67
25 25px Venezuela 246.67 114 25px Morocco 186.67
26 25px Australia 243.33 115 25px Peru 186.67
27 25px Barbados 243.33 116 25px Senegal 186.67
28 25px Belgium 243.33 117 25px Bolivia 183.33
29 25px Dominica 243.33 118 25px Haiti 183.33
30 25px Oman 243.33 119 25px Nepal 183.33
31 25px Saudi Arabia 243.33 120 25px Nigeria 183.33
32 25px Suriname 243.33 121 25px Tanzania 183.33
33 25px Bahrain 240 122 25px Benin 180
34 25px Colombia 240 123 25px Botswana 180
35 Flag of Germany Germany 240 124 25px Guinea-Bissau 180
36 25px Guyana 240 125 Flag of India India 180
37 25px Honduras 240 126 25px Laos 180
38 25px Kuwait 240 127 25px Mozambique 180
39 25px Panama 240 128 25px Palestinian Authority 180
40 25px Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 240 129 25px Slovakia 180
41 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom 236.67 130 25px Myanmar 176.67
42 25px Dominican Republic 233.33 131 25px Mali 176.67
43 25px Guatemala 233.33 132 25px Mauritania 176.67
44 25px Jamaica 233.33 133 25px Turkey 176.67
45 25px Qatar 233.33 134 25px Algeria 173.33
46 Flag of Spain Spain 233.33 135 25px Equatorial Guinea 173.33
47 25px Saint Lucia 233.33 136 25px Romania 173.33
48 25px Belize 230 137 25px Bosnia and Herzegovina 170
49 25px Cyprus 230 138 25px Cameroon 170
50 Flag of Italy Italy 230 139 25px Estonia 170
51 25px Mexico 230 140 25px Guinea 170
52 25px Samoa 230 141 25px Jordan 170
53 25px Singapore 230 142 25px Syria 170
54 25px Solomon Islands 230 143 25px Sierra Leone 166.67
55 25px Trinidad and Tobago 230 144 25px Azerbaijan 163.33
56 25px Argentina 226.67 145 25px Central African Republic 163.33
57 25px Fiji 223.33 146 25px Republic of Macedonia 163.33
58 25px Israel 223.33 147 25px Togo 163.33
59 25px Mongolia 223.33 148 25px Zambia 163.33
60 25px São Tomé and Príncipe 223.33 149 25px Angola 160
61 25px El Salvador 220 150 25px Djibouti 160
62 Flag of France France 220 151 25px Egypt 160
63 25px Hong Kong 220 152 25px Burkina Faso 156.67
64 25px Indonesia 220 153 25px Ethiopia 156.67
65 25px Kyrgyzstan 220 154 25px Latvia 156.67
66 25px Maldives 220 155 25px Lithuania 156.67
67 25px Slovenia 220 156 25px Uganda 156.67
68 Flag of the Republic of China Taiwan 220 157 25px Albania 153.33
69 25px East Timor 220 158 25px Malawi 153.33
70 25px Tonga 220 159 25px Chad 150
71 25px Chile 216.67 160 25px Côte d'Ivoire 150
72 25px Grenada 216.67 161 25px Niger 150
73 25px Mauritius 216.67 162 25px Eritrea 146.67
74 25px Namibia 216.67 163 25px Rwanda 146.67
75 25px Paraguay 216.67 164 25px Bulgaria 143.33
76 25px Thailand 216.67 165 25px Lesotho 143.33
77 25px Czech Republic 213.33 166 25px Pakistan 143.33
78 25px Philippines 213.33 167 Flag of Russia Russia 143.33
79 25px Tunisia 213.33 168 25px Swaziland 140
80 25px Uzbekistan 213.33 169 25px Georgia 136.67
81 25px Brazil 210 170 25px Belarus 133.33
82 25px China 210 171 25px Turkmenistan 133.33
83 25px Cuba 210 172 25px Armenia 123.33
84 25px Greece 210 173 25px Sudan 120
85 25px Nicaragua 210 174 25px Ukraine 120
86 25px Papua New Guinea 210 175 25px Moldova 116.67
87 25px Uruguay 210 176 25px Democratic Republic of the Congo 110
88 25px Gabon 206.67 177 25px Zimbabwe 110
89 25px Ghana 206.67 178 25px Burundi 100

See also Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. White, A. (2007). A Global Projection of Subjective Well-being: A Challenge To Positive Psychology? Psychtalk 56, 17-20. The data on SWB and SWLS were extracted from a meta-analysis by Marks, Abdallah, Simms & Thompson (2006).
  2. le.ac.ukTemplate:Deadlink
  3. University of Leicester (2006, November 14). "Psychologist Produces The First-ever 'World Map Of Happiness'." ScienceDaily. Accessed July 23, 2011.
  4. BBC News (28 July 2006) "Denmark 'Happiest place on earth'". BBC News. Accessed 23 July 2011.
  5. The True Measure of Success - Wired.com
  6. "Happiness" is not enough- Samuel Brittan: Templeton Lecture Inst. of Economic Affairs 22/11/01

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