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World’s Happiest Countries :) !

Friday, April 25, 2008

Recently,the list of world’s happiest countries was out.Winner?Denmark!The survey for happiest nations was conducted by University of Leicester,and what exactly was asked isn’t revealed.however,the results of happiness surveys are always debatable.But,what’s striking is that the list which is here,is appearing to be more or less the same in any survey conducted across the globe.
No more beating around the bush,let’s come to what interests you more.These are the top 20 countries.

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

Something really surprising of the list is,that 9 out of the top 12 countries are European,and merely 2 from Asia(Brunei and Bhutan!).No one really expected Bhutan and Brunei here.Brunei is the only country with monarchy in the list,Bhutan recently got democracy in it.Most of the top countries were democratic and liberal.All 3 scandinavian countries,Finland,Norway and Sweden are here,and Luxembourg made it to decent 12th place!
There is a belief that capitalism leads to unhappy people. However, when people are asked if they are happy with their lives, people in countries with good healthcare, a higher GDP per capita, and access to education were much more likely to report being happy.The point of healthcare is somewhat unexpected.
Peace and prosperity are close to happiness.But importantly,the extent to which people have the free choice to live their lives matters a lot.Values of freedom and tolerance really mattered,and thankfully they were spread in the world long back.Reuters also confirms all this in their recent report.
It is also notable that many of the largest countries in terms of population do quite badly. With China 82nd, India 125th and Russia 167th it is interesting to note that larger populations are not associated with happy countries.Natural resources are limited too.We can’t get extra water,extra land for irrigation,farming or for settlement.No one is happy at any crowded place.
Regarding Denmark,it is also one of the most globalised countries in the world,according to the globalization Index.Even here,11 out of 12 top countries are European.
Another list of happy countries is also surveyed,by the Happy Planet Index team.Their formula simply calculates the average of GDP and HDI(Human Development Index).Rather,(GDP+HDI)/2!!Their list can be found here.World Database of Happiness has their own technique,and a reports of surveys since 1961 or are with them.
Regarding Pune,Bombay and Nagpur being the happiest cities,they are only for Indians.The survey was for finding the happiest cities for Indians,and not globally.but,as we know,Times Of India‘s representation of facts is always exaggerated.The details can be found here.
BTW,Happiness is a state of mind!!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Vonney permalink
    Monday, April 28, 2008 5:17 pm

    Thanks for visiting my site! Great article on the happiest countries. I find it so interesting that the USA rates 23 on the list! We have so much to be thankful for, yet it truly shows that money can’t bring happiness! Puts a lot into perspective! Great blog!

  2. Rowan permalink
    Sunday, May 4, 2008 10:51 am

    Hey Ameya,

    I read the list and was amazed that Australia didn’t even rate. I thought we were doing pretty well on the Happiness scale, and there we are, no-where to be seen. Amazing. Well researched and written. A very interesting look at Happiness the world over. I think I’ll enjoy keeping up with your Blogs. 🙂



  3. Anonymous permalink
    Saturday, June 28, 2008 1:47 pm

    Actually, Australia ranked 26.

  4. Davy permalink
    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 10:12 am

    why not just put the whole dang list >:-(

  5. Wednesday, July 22, 2009 1:47 pm

    Davy, Google for it!

  6. Thursday, August 25, 2011 6:06 am

    Confused about Copyright policies from sites that let you ‘digg’ articles?

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