Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Where's Your Happy Place?

I found this study via Guy Kawasaki's blog article, "The World Map of Happiness".

A psychologist at the University of Leicester, Adrian White, analyzed various published studies related to happiness and satisfaction. White then created a report of "global projection of well being" and the first ever 'world map of happiness.' You can download a PDF of the map here. According to the study 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 countries of interest:

23. USA
26. Australia
35. Germany
41. UK
62. France
82. China
90. Japan
110. South Africa
125. India
167. Russia

The least happy countries were Democratic Republic of the Congo (176), Zimbabwe (177), and Burundi (178)

I'm thinking the Nordic countries are on to something-all five are in the top 20!

World Map University of Leicester


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