LivingThe world map of happiness

The world map of happiness

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Quantifying happiness is not an easy task.Using data obtained in the Gallup World Poll between 2005 and 2009 in 155 countries around the world, a team of researchers last year developed a ranking taking into account the degree of satisfaction of people with their lives . They also rated daily experiences such as whether they felt rested, respected, lived without pain, and considered themselves intellectually stimulated. They also valued indicators of prosperity .

The result, now collected on this map by Targetmap.com, shows that the happiest in the world live in Europe (green) and are the inhabitants of Denmark (82%), followed by Finns (75%), Norwegians (69%) , Swedes (68%) and Dutch (68%). New Zealand and Australia also occupy high positions in the ranking with 63% and 62% satisfaction, identical figures to those of Costa Rica, Canada or Israel. Among those who consider themselves the most unhappy are the inhabitants of many African countries (Togo 1% happiness, Burundi 2%, Sierra Leone 3%, etc.). In America, Haiti also occupies one of the lowest positions on the happiness scale (4%).

Spain ranks 43rd in the ranking , with a modest 36% happiness – above France, 35% – and 6% suffering .

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