If you're happy and you know it... you're Danish

Who's happy? Denmark. That's according to a University of Leicester UK survey of 80,000 people around the world. The results are not very surprising: a country in Scandanavia is at the top; Canada is in the top 10; the US is lower on the list, but not in the toilet; most of Africa and former USSR is at the bottom. Denmark takes top spot. One reason cited: 5-6 weeks of vacation per year. Yeah, I could adjust to an additional three weeks of vacation per year...






Country SWL Ranking (1) SWL Index (2) Life Expectancy (3) GDP per capita (4) Access to education score (5)
Albania 157 153.33 73.8 4.9 75.8
Algeria 134 173.33 71.1 7.2 66.9
Angola 149 160 40.8 3.2 .
Antigua And Barbuda 16 246.67 73.9 11 .
Argentina 56 226.67 74.5 13.1 93.7
Armenia 172 123.33 71.5 4.5 .
Australia 26 243.33 80.3 31.9 .
Austria 3 260 79 32.7 99.1
Azerbaijan 144 163.33 66.9 4.8 80.2
Bahamas 5 256.67 69.7 20.2 .
Bahrain 33 240 74.3 23 102
Bangladesh 104 190 62.8 2.1 53.7
Barbados 27 243.33 75 17 101.1
Belarus 170 133.33 68.1 6.9 94.2
Belgium 28 243.33 78.9 31.4 145.4
Belize 48 230 71.9 6.8 71.6
Benin 122 180 54 1.1 21.8
Bhutan 8 253.33 62.9 1.4 .
Bolivia 117 183.33 64.1 2.9 .
Bosnia & Herze 137 170 74.2 6.8 .
Botswana 123 180 36.3 10.5 81.8
Brazil 81 210 70.5 8.4 103.2
Brunei Darussalam 9 253.33 76.4 23.6 .
Bulgaria 164 143.33 72.2 9.6 92
Burkina Faso 152 156.67 47.5 1.3 10
Burma 130 176.67 60.2 1.7 .
Burundi 178 100 43.6 0.7 .
Cambodia 110 186.67 56.2 2.2 17.3
Cameroon 138 170 45.8 2.4 .
Canada 10 253.33 80 34 102.6
Cape Verdi 100 193.33 70.4 6.2 .
Central African Republic 145 163.33 39.3 1.1 .
Chad 159 150 43.6 1.5 11.5
Chile 71 216.67 77.9 11.3 87.5
China 82 210 71.6 6.8 62.8
Columbia 34 240 72.4 7.9 70.9
Comoros 97 196.67 63.2 0.6 .
Congo Democratic 176 110 43.1 0.7 18.4
Congo Republic 105 190 52 1.3 .
Costa Rica 13 250 78.2 11.1 50.9
Croatia 98 196.67 75 11.6 .
Cuba 83 210 77.3 3.5 .
Cyprus 49 230 78.6 7.14 .
Czech Republic 77 213.33 75.6 19.5 87.9
Denmark 1 273.33 77.2 34.6 .
Dijbouti 150 160 52.8 1.3 14.7
Dominica 29 243.33 75.6 5.5 .
Dominican Republic 42 233.33 67.2 7 .
Ecuador 111 186.67 74.3 4.3 56.7
Egypt 151 160 69.8 3.9 .
El Salvador 61 220 70.9 4.7 49.8
Equitorial Guinea 135 173.33 43.3 50.2 .
Eritrea 162 146.67 53.8 1 28.2
Estonia 139 170 71.3 16.7 107
Ethiopia 153 156.67 47.6 0.9 5.2
Fiji 57 223.33 67.8 6 .
Finland 6 256.67 78.5 30.9 124.5
France 62 220 79.5 29.9 108.7
Gabon 88 206.67 54.5 6.8 54.4
Gambia 106 190 55.7 1.9 27
Georgia 169 136.67 70.5 3.3 77.7
Germany 35 240 78.7 30.4 99
Ghana 89 206.67 56.8 2.5 37.3
Greece 84 210 78.3 22.2 94.6
Grenada 72 216.67 65.3 5 .
Guatemala 43 233.33 67.3 4.7 32.7
Guinea 140 170 53.7 2 .
Guinea-Bissau 124 180 44.7 0.8 20.4
Guyana 36 240 63.1 4.6 81
Haiti 118 183.33 51.6 1.7 .
Honduras 37 240 67.8 2.9 .
Hong Kong 63 220 81.6 32.9 .
Hungary 107 190 72.7 16.3 98.6
Iceland 4 260 80.7 35.6 108.8
India 125 180 63.3 3.3 49.9
Indonesia 64 220 66.8 3.6 .
Iran 96 200 70.4 8.3 80
Ireland 11 253.33 77.7 41 123.1
Israel 58 223.33 79.7 24.6 93
Italy 50 230 80.1 29.2 92.8
Ivory Coast 160 150 45.9 1.6 21.7
Jamaica 44 233.33 70.8 4.4 83.6
Japan 90 206.67 82 31.5 102.1
Jordan 141 170 71.3 4.7 87.7
Kazakhstan 101 193.33 63.2 8.2 87
Kenya 112 186.67 47.2 1.1 .
Kuwait 38 240 76.9 19.2 55.6
Kyrgyzstan 65 220 66.8 2.1 83
Laos 126 180 54.7 1.9 35.6
Latvia 154 156.67 71.6 13.2 88.9
Lebanon 113 186.67 72 6.2 78.2
Lesotho 165 143.33 36.3 2.5 28
Libya 108 190 73.6 11.4 .
Lithuania 155 156.67 72.3 13.7 93.4
Luxembourg 12 253.33 78.5 55.6 95.3
Macedonia 146 163.33 73.8 7.8 .
Madagascar 103 193.33 55.4 0.9 .
Malawi 158 153.33 39.7 0.6 .
Malaysia 17 246.67 73.2 12.1 98.8
Maldives 66 220 66.6 3.9 42.7
Mali 131 176.67 47.9 1.2 15
Malta 14 250 78.4 19.9 90.4
Mauritania 132 176.67 52.7 2.2 .
Mauritius 73 216.67 72.2 13.1 107.3
Mexico 51 230 75.1 10 73.4
Moldova 175 116.67 67.7 1.8 .
Mongolia 59 223.33 64 1.9 64.4
Morocco 114 186.67 69.7 4.2 39.3
Mozambique 127 180 41.9 1.3 13.9
Namibia 74 216.67 48.3 7 59.8
Nepal 119 183.33 61.6 1.4 53.9
Netherlands 15 250 78.4 30.5 124.1
New Zealand 18 246.67 79.1 25.2 112.9
Nicaragua 85 210 69.7 2.9 .
Niger 161 150 44.4 0.9 .
Nigeria 120 183.33 43.4 1.4 .
Norway 19 246.67 79.4 42.3 117
Oman 30 243.33 74.1 13.2 67.8
Pakistan 166 143.33 63 2.4 39
Palestine 128 180 72.5 5.8 80.7
Panama 39 240 74.8 7.2 68.7
Papua New Guinea 86 210 55.3 2.6 21.2
Paraguay 75 216.67 71 4.9 56.9
Peru 115 186.67 70 5.9 80.8
Philippines 78 213.33 70.4 5.1 75.9
Poland 99 196.67 74.3 13.3 .
Portugal 92 203.33 77.2 19.3 112
Qatar 45 233.33 72.8 27.4 92.4
Romania 136 173.33 71.3 8.2 80.2
Russia 167 143.33 65.3 11.1 81.9
Rwanda 163 146.67 43.9 1.5 12.1
Samoa Western 52 230 70.2 5.8 76
Sao Tome And Prinicpe 60 223.33 63 1.2 .
Saudi Arabia 31 243.33 71.8 12.8 68.5
Senegal 116 186.67 55.7 1.8 19.5
Seychelles 20 246.67 72.7 7.8 .
Sierra Leone 143 166.67 40.8 0.8 23.9
Singapore 53 230 78.7 28.1 .
Slovakia 129 180 74 16.1 86.6
Slovenia 67 220 76.4 21.6 98.8
Soloman Islands 54 230 62.3 1.7 .
South Africa 109 190 48.4 12 90.2
South Korea 102 193.33 77 20.4 97.4
Spain 46 233.33 79.5 25.5 112.8
Sri Lanka 93 203.33 74 4.3 .
St Kitts And Nevis 21 246.67 70 8.8 .
St Lucia 47 233.33 72.4 5.4 94.3
St Vincent And The Grenadines 40 240 71.1 2.9 .
Sudan 173 120 56.4 2.1 28.8
Suriname 32 243.33 69.1 4.1 50.7
Swaziland 168 140 32.5 5 .
Sweden 7 256.67 80.2 29.8 152.8
Switzerland 2 273.33 80.5 32.3 99.9
Syria 142 170 73.3 3.9 42
Taiwan 68 220 76.1 27.6 .
Tajikistan 94 203.33 63.6 1.2 76
Tanzania 121 183.33 46 0.7 5.31
Thailand 76 216.67 70 8.3 79
Timor-Leste 69 220 65.5 0.4 .
Togo 147 163.33 54.3 1.7 .
Tonga 70 220 72.2 2.3 .
Trinidad And Tobago 55 230 69.9 16.7 78.4
Tunisia 79 213.33 73.3 8.3 74.6
Turkey 133 176.67 68.7 8.2 .
Turkmenistan 171 133.33 62.4 8 .
UAE 22 246.67 78 43.4 74.4
Uganda 156 156.67 47.3 1.8 .
Ukraine 174 120 66.1 7.2 92.8
United Kingdom 41 236.67 78.4 30.3 157.2
Uruguay 87 210 75.4 9.6 91.6
USA 23 246.67 77.4 41.8 94.6
Uzbekistan 80 213.33 66.5 1.8 .
Vanuate 24 246.67 68.6 2.9 28.5
Venzuela 25 246.67 72.9 6.1 .
Vietnam 95 203.33 70.5 2.8 64.6
Yemen 91 206.67 60.6 0.9 .
Zambia 148 163.33 37.5 0.9 25.5
Zimbabwe 177 110 36.9 2.3 45.3

Notes

1. SWL (satisfaction with life) rating calculated from data published by New Economics Foundation (2006).

2. SWL (satisfaction with life) index calculated from data published by New Economics Foundation (2006).

3. Life Expectancy from UN Human Development Report (2003)

4. GDP per capita from figure published by the CIA (2006), figure in US$.

5. Access to secondary education rating from UNESCO (2002)

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