The Official Happy Map
July 31, 2006
Someone has finally done it- there is now an official ‘Happy Map,’ a demographic/ cartographic document that notes the happiest places on earth. The elusive search for happiness end of the rainbow is coming to an end.
The study was done by some brilliant minds at the University of Leicester.
Happiness is found to be most closely associated with health, followed by wealth and then education.
A University of Leicester psychologist has produced the first ever ‘world map of happiness.’
“The concept of happiness, or satisfaction with life, is currently a major area of research in economics and psychology, most closely associated with new developments in positive psychology. It has also become a feature in the current political discourse in the UK.
“There is increasing political interest in using measures of happiness as a national indicator in conjunction with measures of wealth. A recent BBC survey found that 81% of the population think the Government should focus on making us happier rather than wealthier [emp- SC&A]
“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 captia, and access to education were much more likely to report being happy.
Denmark ranks at the top of the list. Yup, the country where Theo van Gogh was shot to death and the cartoon riots began is the happiest place on earth.
In second place was Switzerland. Let’s hear it for chocolate and cuckoo clocks.
Third spit went to Austria- and why not? Leiderhosen, waltzing and alpenhorns- how can you top that for joy?
Here are some more results:
5. The Bahamas
13. Costa Rica
15. The Netherlands
16. Antigua and Barbuda
18. New Zealand
20. The Seychelles
Other notable results include:
167. RussiaThe three least happy countries were:
176. Democratic Republic of the Congo
Check out the differences between the Arab world and Israel.
See the interactive Happy Map and rejoice.