World Happiness Map

If you want to be happy, live in Scandinavia (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden take up the top four spots). TargetMap sourced the information from Forbes, which notes:

Quantifying happiness isn’t an easy task. Researchers at the Gallup World Poll went about it by surveying thousands of respondents in 155 countries, between 2005 and 2009, in order to measure two types of well-being.

First they asked subjects to reflect on their overall satisfaction with their lives, and ranked their answers using a “life evaluation” score from 1 to 10. Then they asked questions about how each subject had felt the previous day. Those answers allowed researchers to score their “daily experiences”–things like whether they felt well-rested, respected, free of pain and intellectually engaged. Subjects that reported high scores were considered “thriving.” The percentage of thriving individuals in each country determined our rankings.


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37 Comments on "World Happiness Map"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Mar 3, 2012 at 2:23 am |

    My ancestors friggin’ left the homeland 200 years ago, now it’s one of the best places to live. Great foresight guys.

    • Redacted | Mar 3, 2012 at 4:38 am |

      My forebears fled Holland in 1910 realizing shit was about to pop off.

      I have trouble criticizing the decision.

  2. gwen jackson | Mar 3, 2012 at 2:37 am |

    I think we should declare happiness a natural resource, so we can declare Scandinavia a threat to our way of life, invade, murder most of them, and steal all of it… Isn’t that how shit usually goes down?

  3. Jin The Ninja | Mar 3, 2012 at 3:23 am |

     i think it’s a little odd though, that turkmenistan ranks so high on
    the list- it has a single-party president for life government and the
    worst internet access in central asia (and one of the worst in the entire world).

  4. Mr Willow | Mar 3, 2012 at 4:13 am |

    One of the more poignant statistics is the immense gulf between Israel (8th) and the Palestinian Territories (96th). That is disgraceful. 

  5. Why wouldn’t they be happy, surrounded  by all those Scandinavian women?

    • Anarchy Pony | Mar 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm |

      I know right? If they got anything right, it’s their women. Beautiful Norse Goddesses.

    • DeepCough | Mar 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm |

       Hmm….I wonder what’s making the Nederlands so happy.

      • SmokeyGrin | Mar 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm |

        Probably the same thing making BC happy. Every time I walk down town, I always smell happy.

      • Tulips and the Rijksmuseum?

        That’s the reason I always give for visiting Amsterdam.

  6. I definatly don’t have any issues with being located in norway 😛

  7. I guess having a big dick doesn’t make you happy!

    • How will a big dick help when testosterone levels are dropping at an alarming rate after eating the GMO foods?

  8. Mythosopher | Mar 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm |

    The ranking is based on % thriving. It would be better to see a ranking that includes all three levels (thriving, struggling, suffering). I also think the “daily experience” number is bunk since it all depends on a single day (“yesterday”).

    I would also be interesting to see this map compared to other measurements, such as democratic freedom, GPD, etc.

  9. DeepCough | Mar 3, 2012 at 10:33 pm |

    I can’t help but consider this map meaningless, because, after all, the world is gonna end in December anyway.

  10. Money is not equal to Happiness as this map may portray. Since most of the money is snatched away from the so called super powers and by their multinational corporations. Take “ripping of India” for instance. The british (notice no-upper case for B) came as East India Company, licked Rich Indian people’s feet, played foul, looted for 200 years, lighted fire between amicably living Hindus and Muslims, made it poor and now they call it a third world country? F***ing Hippocratic people. What goes around comes around, it may just take some time.

    • Since most of the money is snatched away <> the so called super powers and their multinational corporations. 

  11. Gordon Anderson | Mar 4, 2012 at 4:21 am |

    I was happy until I read this article. 

  12. Nothingharsh | Mar 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm |

    did anybody else notice that bhutan(north east to india bordering china) is internet for the masses..but bhutanese people lead very simple wholesome lives..also climatically and geographically  its like scandinavia(somewhat of a mountain kingdom) but wihtout the material wealth and primarily buddhist.

  13. This poll is bullshit. I bet there are alot of people in so called “happy” places that are living totally shitty lives.

  14. Every language and every community seem to have their own concept of happiness. Here in Russia happiness is pretty heavy shit. An Englishman can be happy when he gets the dish he ordered, for Russians being happy is living a dream, or even living the perfect life. Everyday pleasures make you fill alright, glad, OK, but not happy.
    And is really a very joyful place. But it’s a surprise Spain scored so little. And I didn’t know Indians and Chinese were so pessimistic.

    • *And Scandinavia is really a very joyful place

    • Jin The Ninja | Mar 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm |

       chinese people, particularly, those in mainland but for the diaspora as well, are notoriously cynical and quite morbid. read any modern chinese novel or see a film by a 5th or 6th generation filmmaker- and you get a good understanding of what i mean. they have a particularly black humour though verging on absurdist which sort of tempers it. in those ways, they are similiar to russians- although not really as melancholic/nostalgic as russian literarture.

  15. the less a country is on the news, the happier they get

  16. Not true.

    Contemporary Finland is a HORRIBLE place.

  17. Using our culture’s standards to judge other cultures does not reflect anyone’s happiness–it just reflects certain individuals’ stupidity.

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