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Lifestyle > Happiness net: Countries Compared

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

Author: Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

Response for Alzidi99 -- the Sultanate of Oman is yet to covered by the World Values Survey, which measures happiness among other things such as tolerance. In the West Asia region, the countries covered by the surveys to date are Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran, Israel and Jordan.
DEFINITION: This statistic is compiled from responses to the survey question: "Taking all things together, would you say you are: very happy, quite happy, not very happy, or not at all happy?". The "Happiness (net)" statistic was obtained via the following formula: the percentage of people who rated themselves as either "quite happy" or "very happy" minus the percentage of people who rated themselves as either "not very happy" or "not at all happy".

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Iceland 94% 2005
=2 Sweden 91% 2005
=2 Denmark 91% 2005
=2 Netherlands 91% 2005
5 Australia 90% 2005
=6 Ireland 89% 2005
=6 Switzerland 89% 2005
8 Norway 88% 2005
=9 Venezuela 87% 2005
=9 United Kingdom 87% 2005
11 Belgium 86% 2005
12 Philippines 85% 2005
=13 United States 84% 2005
=13 France 84% 2005
15 Finland 83% 2005
16 Austria 81% 2005
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 77.67% 2005
17 Canada 75% 2005
18 Poland 74% 2005
19 Japan 72% 2005
20 Turkey 71% 2005
21 Bangladesh 70% 2005
22 Spain 68% 2005
23 Italy 64% 2005
24 Uruguay 60% 2005
=25 Brazil 59% 2005
=25 Argentina 59% 2005
27 Azerbaijan 56% 2005
NATO countries average (profile) 54.36% 2005
28 Chile 52% 2005
29 China 49% 2005
=30 Portugal 48% 2005
=30 Mexico 48% 2005
32 Dominican Republic 47% 2005
=33 Nigeria 46% 2005
=33 Hungary 46% 2005
35 Ghana 43% 2005
36 India 40% 2005
37 Slovenia 32% 2005
38 Croatia 31% 2005
=39 Georgia 27% 2005
=39 Latvia 27% 2005
41 Estonia 26% 2005
42 Romania 23% 2005
43 Armenia 14% 2005
44 Lithuania 10% 2005
45 Slovakia 4% 2005
46 Russia 2% 2005
47 Ukraine -4% 2005
48 Belarus -8% 2005
49 Moldova -12% 2005
50 Bulgaria -24% 2005

Citation

"Countries Compared by Lifestyle > Happiness net. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", World Values Survey 2005. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Lifestyle/Happiness-net

Lifestyle > Happiness net: Countries Compared Map

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Interesting observations about Lifestyle > Happiness net

Netherlands ranked first for happiness net amongst European Union in 2005.
Iceland ranked first for happiness net amongst Europe in 2005.
Italy ranked last for happiness net amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2005.
Venezuela ranked first for happiness net amongst Emerging markets in 2005.

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The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan measures its economic development and growth not with the conventional measure of GDP, but with the holistic, multidimensional measure of Gross National Happiness (GNH), which is measured according based on economic self-reliance, environmental preservation, cultural promotion and good governance. The government’s goal is to balance economic progress with the spiritual and emotional well-being of the people.

Bhutan is known for shunning conventional development and going its own way. The first foreign tourists didn’t come to the country until 1974, and the government allows only 9,000 to enter per year, each of whom pay fees of $200 per day. Television and the Internet arrived only in 1999. Most recently, the Government of Bhutan made it illegal to sell tobacco or smoke in public, becoming the first officially non-smoking nation.

Posted on 20 Mar 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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Response for Alzidi99 -- the Sultanate of Oman is yet to covered by the World Values Survey, which measures happiness among other things such as tolerance. In the West Asia region, the countries covered by the surveys to date are Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran, Israel and Jordan.

Posted on 21 Mar 2005

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

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For those wondering how the statistics work, it says so under the weighted average. Is says, "DEFINITION: This statistic is compiled from responses to the survey question: "Taking all things together, would you say you are: very happy, quite happy, not very happy, or not at all happy?". The "Happiness (net)" statistic was obtained via the following formula: the percentage of people who rated themselves as either "quite happy" or "very happy" minus the percentage of people who rated themselves as either "not very happy" or "not at all happy". "

Posted on 20 Feb 2013

Matt

Matt

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The reason some countries with a high score have a high percentage of non-believers is that there is a relation between how someone is doing socially and whether he is religious (Dawkings, speach at Ted). And obviously there is a relation between the social performance of someone and the measured happiness of this person.
Therefore, to say that someone becomes happier of not believing is not true, however, the chance that someone who doesn't believe is happier can be percieved as true.

Posted on 24 Dec 2010

Vincent

Vincent

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"Why does the American one seem fake?"

Because your prejudiced "hunch" is more reliable than the statistics reported... of course the US one is the only "fake" one, how convenient.

Posted on 28 Jul 2010

Unz

Unz

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Most of these countries have high percentage of non-believers (People with no religion).

Posted on 16 Jul 2010

Akram

Akram

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