World’s Happiest Countries

I just stumbled across this list of the happiest countries in the world, according to a recently released Gallup Poll based on data collected between 2005 and 2009. Survey participants were asked to rate their overall satisfaction with their lives and how they had felt the previous day (to gauge their happiness in daily activities). You’ve possibly seen these stats, or at least heard about the results. I’m not here to analyze the data, just thought it was interesting and worth sharing with you. I originally planned on emphasizing the countries that I have either visited, am soon visiting, or want to eventually visit, but then I realized that task was pointless, as I would basically be sharing with you a fully highlighted list.

 

1   Denmark Europe
2   Finland Europe
3   Norway Europe
4   Sweden Europe
4   Netherlands Europe
6   Costa Rica Americas
6   New Zealand Asia
8   Canada Americas
8   Israel Asia
8   Australia Asia
8   Switzerland Europe
12   Panama Americas
12   Brazil Americas
14   United States Americas
14   Austria Europe
16   Belgium Europe
17   United Kingdom Europe
18   Mexico Americas
18   Turkmenistan Asia
20   United Arab Emirates Asia
21   Venezuela Americas
22   Ireland Europe
23   Puerto Rico Americas
23   Kuwait Asia
23   Iceland Europe
26   Colombia Americas
26   Jamaica Americas
28   Cyprus Asia
28   Luxembourg Europe
30   Trinidad and Tobago Americas
30   Argentina Americas
30   Belize Americas
33   Germany Europe
34   El Salvador Americas
35   Chile Americas
35   Uruguay Americas
35   Qatar Asia
38   Guatemala Americas
38   Malta Europe
40   Czech Republic Europe
40   Italy Europe
42   Honduras Americas
43   Spain Europe
44   Dominican Republic Americas
44   France Europe
46   Bolivia Americas
46   Ecuador Americas
48   Paraguay Americas
48   Bahrain Asia
50   Guyana Americas
50   Greece Europe
52   Nicaragua Americas
52   Jordan Asia
54   Belarus Europe
54   Kosovo Europe
56   South Korea Asia
56   Poland Europe
58   Saudi Arabia Asia
58   Pakistan Asia
58   Slovenia Europe
61   Croatia Europe
61   Montenegro Europe
63   Malawi Africa
63   Peru Americas
63   Moldova Europe
63   Lithuania Europe
67   Libya* Africa
67   Botswana Africa
67   Cuba* Americas
70   Kazakhstan Asia
70   Taiwan Asia
70   Portugal Europe
73   South Africa Africa
73   Lebanon Asia
73   Russia Europe
73   Ukraine Europe
73   Romania Europe
73   Slovakia Europe
79   Thailand Asia
79   Bosnia and Herzegovina Europe
81   Iran Asia
81   Hong Kong Asia
81   Singapore Asia
81   Japan Asia
85   Somaliland Africa
85   Algeria Africa
85   Nigeria Africa
85   Uzbekistan Asia
85   Indonesia Asia
90   Estonia Europe
91   Myanmar* Asia
91   Bangladesh Asia
91   Serbia Europe
94   Malaysia Asia
94   Philippines Asia
96   Cameroon Africa
96   Tunisia Africa
96   Zambia Africa
96   Yemen Asia
96   Vietnam Asia
96   Palestinian Territories Asia
96   Macedonia Europe
103   Turkey Asia
103   Kyrgyzstan Asia
103   Azerbaijan Asia
103   Hungary Europe
103   Albania Europe
108   Central African Republic Africa
108   Ethiopia Africa
110   Namibia Africa
110   Angola Africa
110   Armenia Asia
110   Iraq Asia
110   Latvia Europe
115   Mozambique Africa
115   Egypt Africa
115   Mauritania Africa
115   Zimbabwe Africa
115   Morocco Africa
115   Sri Lanka Asia
115   India Asia
115   Syria Asia
115   Georgia Asia
115   Afghanistan Asia
125   Kenya Africa
125   Ghana Africa
125   China Asia
128   Congo (Brazzaville) Africa
128   Guinea Africa
130   Sudan Africa
130   Djibouti Africa
130   Madagascar Africa
130   Nepal Asia
130   Mongolia Asia
130   Laos Asia
130   Tajikistan Asia
137   Uganda Africa
137   Tanzania Africa
137   Senegal Africa
137   Bulgaria Europe
141   Chad Africa
141   Liberia Africa
141   Mali Africa
144   Ivory Coast Africa
144   Congo (Kinshasa) Africa
144   Benin Africa
144   Haiti Americas
148   Niger Africa
148   Rwanda Africa
148   Burkina Faso Africa
148   Sierra Leone Africa
148   Cambodia Asia
153   Comoros Africa
153   Burundi Africa
155   Togo Africa
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2 thoughts on “World’s Happiest Countries

  1. Wade says:

    #1 should obviously be MelissaMelton-ania (or -borg, or -stan

  2. Josh Melton says:

    If you haven’t already, you should read ‘The Geography of Bliss.’

    Just stumbled across your blog. Very cool!

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