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“World's Happiest Countries” poll ranking 155 countries placed Israel 8th and Palestinian Territories 96th. Were you surprised that Palestinian Territories outranked such countries as Turkey (103), India, Egypt, and Syria (sharing 115), China (125)?

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Gallup World Poll - The World's Happiest Countries

Post by Zoya on Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:11 am

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.


Rank
(by % Thriving)

Country

Region

Percent
Thriving

Percent
Struggling

Percent
Suffering

Daily
Experience

1

Denmark

Europe

82

17

1

7.9

2

Finland

Europe

75

23

2

7.8

3

Norway

Europe

69

31

0

7.9

4

Sweden

Europe

68

30

2

7.9

4

Netherlands

Europe

68

32

1

7.7

6

Costa Rica

Americas

63

35

2

8.1

6

New Zealand

Asia

63

35

2

7.6

8

Canada

Americas

62

36

2

7.6

8

Israel

Asia

62

35

3

6.4

8

Australia

Asia

62

35

3

7.5

8

Switzerland

Europe

62

36

2

7.6

12

Panama

Americas

58

39

3

8.4

12

Brazil

Americas

58

40

2

7.5

14

United States

Americas

57

40

3

7.3

14

Austria

Europe

57

40

3

7.7

16

Belgium

Europe

56

41

3

7.3

17

United Kingdom

Europe

54

44

2

7.4

18

Mexico

Americas

52

43

5

7.7

18

Turkmenistan

Asia

52

47

1

7.5

20

United Arab Emirates

Asia

51

48

1

7.7

21

Venezuela

Americas

50

48

2

8.0

22

Ireland

Europe

49

49

2

7.5

23

Puerto Rico

Americas

47

45

8

7.6

23

Kuwait

Asia

47

50

3

7.0

23

Iceland

Europe

47

49

4

8.2

26

Colombia

Americas

46

47

7

7.7

26

Jamaica

Americas

46

49

5

7.7

28

Cyprus

Asia

45

50

5

6.6

28

Luxembourg

Europe

45

54

1

7.3

30

Trinidad and Tobago

Americas

44

51

5

7.9

30

Argentina

Americas

44

50

6

7.8

30

Belize

Americas

44

50

6

6.8

33

Germany

Europe

43

50

7

7.4

34

El Salvador

Americas

42

51

7

7.7

35

Chile

Americas

41

52

7

7.3

35

Uruguay

Americas

41

54

5

7.5

35

Qatar

Asia

41

58

1

6.8

38

Guatemala

Americas

40

50

10

7.7

38

Malta

Europe

40

48

12

6.6

40

Czech Republic

Europe

39

51

9

6.6

40

Italy

Europe

39

54

7

7.1

42

Honduras

Americas

37

49

14

7.5

43

Spain

Europe

36

58

6

7.0

44

Dominican Republic

Americas

35

54

11

7.3

44

France

Europe

35

60

6

7.0

46

Bolivia

Americas

34

59

7

7.0

46

Ecuador

Americas

34

52

15

7.6

48

Paraguay

Americas

32

59

9

8.3

48

Bahrain

Asia

32

45

23

7.0

50

Guyana

Americas

31

64

5

7.0

50

Greece

Europe

31

57

11

7.0

52

Nicaragua

Americas

30

53

17

7.4

52

Jordan

Asia

30

61

8

6.7

54

Belarus

Europe

29

59

12

6.5

54

Kosovo

Europe

29

65

6

6.2

56

South Korea

Asia

28

61

12

6.9

56

Poland

Europe

28

61

10

7.1

58

Saudi Arabia

Asia

27

69

3

6.7

58

Pakistan

Asia

27

50

23

6.2

58

Slovenia

Europe

27

57

16

6.8

61

Croatia

Europe

26

60

14

6.2

61

Montenegro

Europe

26

58

16

6.2

63

Malawi

Africa

25

64

10

8.0

63

Peru

Americas

25

65

11

7.2

63

Moldova

Europe

25

62

13

6.1

63

Lithuania

Europe

25

57

18

6.2

67

Libya*

Africa

24

68

8

6.0

67

Botswana

Africa

24

65

11

7.3

67

Cuba*

Americas

24

66

11

6.7

70

Kazakhstan

Asia

22

72

6

7.2

70

Taiwan

Asia

22

64

14

7.5

70

Portugal

Europe

22

61

17

7.1

73

South Africa

Africa

21

71

8

7.3

73

Lebanon

Asia

21

64

15

6.3

73

Russia

Europe

21

57

22

7.0

73

Ukraine

Europe

21

53

26

6.6

73

Romania

Europe

21

56

23

6.6

73

Slovakia

Europe

21

60

19

6.5

79

Thailand

Asia

20

75

5

8.0

79

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Europe

20

59

20

6.2

81

Iran

Asia

19

66

14

6.3

81

Hong Kong

Asia

19

65

16

7.1

81

Singapore

Asia

19

75

6

6.9

81

Japan

Asia

19

69

12

7.4

85

Somaliland

Africa

18

77

5

7.1

85

Algeria

Africa

18

77

6

6.7

85

Nigeria

Africa

18

78

4

7.3

85

Uzbekistan

Asia

18

75

6

7.8

85

Indonesia

Asia

18

72

10

8.2

90

Estonia

Europe

17

62

21

6.8

91

Myanmar*

Asia

16

82

2

7.1

91

Bangladesh

Asia

16

71

13

6.9

91

Serbia

Europe

16

63

21

6.2

94

Malaysia

Asia

15

80

5

8.1

94

Philippines

Asia

15

68

18

7.2

96

Cameroon

Africa

14

77

9

7.0

96

Tunisia

Africa

14

77

9

6.8

96

Zambia

Africa

14

78

8

7.6

96

Yemen

Asia

14

62

24

6.3

96

Vietnam

Asia

14

76

10

6.9

96

Palestinian Territories

Asia

14

70

15

5.8

96

Macedonia

Europe

14

54

32

6.8

103

Turkey

Asia

13

67

20

6.0

103

Kyrgyzstan

Asia

13

81

7

7.3

103

Azerbaijan

Asia

13

70

17

6.6

103

Hungary

Europe

13

53

34

6.9

103

Albania

Europe

13

67

19

5.6

108

Central African Republic

Africa

12

75

13

6.4

108

Ethiopia

Africa

12

67

21

6.4

110

Namibia

Africa

11

79

10

8.1

110

Angola

Africa

11

81

8

6.8

110

Armenia

Asia

11

55

33

5.9

110

Iraq

Asia

11

71

18

5.2

110

Latvia

Europe

11

64

25

6.5

115

Mozambique

Africa

10

78

11

7.2

115

Egypt

Africa

10

71

19

6.1

115

Mauritania

Africa

10

83

7

7.2

115

Zimbabwe

Africa

10

73

17

7.3

115

Morocco

Africa

10

80

10

7.0

115

Sri Lanka

Asia

10

66

24

6.9

115

India

Asia

10

69

21

6.9

115

Syria

Asia

10

66

24

6.8

115

Georgia

Asia

10

56

35

6.2

115

Afghanistan

Asia

10

69

21

6.2

125

Kenya

Africa

9

78

13

7.5

125

Ghana

Africa

9

83

8

7.5

125

China

Asia

9

77

14

7.6

128

Congo (Brazzaville)

Africa

8

73

20

6.9

128

Guinea

Africa

8

89

3

7.1

130

Sudan

Africa

7

81

12

7.4

130

Djibouti

Africa

7

86

8

7.5

130

Madagascar

Africa

7

84

10

7.0

130

Nepal

Asia

7

82

11

7.4

130

Mongolia

Asia

7

81

12

7.0

130

Laos

Asia

7

89

4

7.1

130

Tajikistan

Asia

7

74

19

6.5

137

Uganda

Africa

6

71

23

6.8

137

Tanzania

Africa

6

70

24

7.5

137

Senegal

Africa

6

88

6

7.3

137

Bulgaria

Europe

6

58

36

6.5

141

Chad

Africa

5

88

7

7.1

141

Liberia

Africa

5

90

5

6.7

141

Mali

Africa

5

77

18

8.0

144

Ivory Coast

Africa

4

84

12

7.2

144

Congo (Kinshasa)

Africa

4

85

11

6.4

144

Benin

Africa

4

80

16

6.7

144

Haiti

Americas

4

60

35

6.2

148

Niger

Africa

3

86

11

7.9

148

Rwanda

Africa

3

75

22

7.8

148

Burkina Faso

Africa

3

71

26

6.5

148

Sierra Leone

Africa

3

74

23

6.3

148

Cambodia

Asia

3

75

22

7.6

153

Comoros

Africa

2

75

23

7.7

153

Burundi

Africa

2

58

40

7.5

155

Togo

Africa

1

67

31

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