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Happiness and the Place You Live

Here’s a fun article for a Friday on a long weekend. (Maybe I am happy today because, in Canada, we have a four day weekend for Easter. W00t!)

The United States Is the 12th-Happiest Country on the Planet

Here’s the top 15:

1. Denmark – 72 percent
2. Sweden – 69 percent
2. Canada – 69 percent
4. Australia – 65 percent
5. Finland – 64 percent
5. Venezuela – 64 percent
7. Israel – 63 percent
7. New Zealand – 63 percent
9. Netherlands – 62 percent
9. Ireland – 62 percent
11. Panama – 61 percent
12. United States – 59 percent
13. Austria – 58 percent
13. Costa Rica – 58 percent
15. Brazil – 57 percent

The country with the lowest reported wellbeing was Chad. The bottom ten:

1. Chad – 1 percent
2. Central African Republic – 2 percent
2. Haiti – 2 percent
4. Burkina Faso – 3 percent
4. Cambodia – 3 percent
4. Niger – 3 percent
4. Tajikistan – 3 percent
8. Tanzania – 4 percent
8. Mali – 4 percent
8. Comoros – 4 percent

Count your blessings if your home is near the top. Happy Equinox celebrations.

Stephen

Posted on: April 22, 2011, 7:43 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Kathy Gawronski said

    I think the data probably doesn’t show the lift we get in the US border cities – just from being near our more happy northern neighbors.
    Lucky me that I get to visit the southernmost part of Canada often in the summer months 🙂

    Have a Blessed Easter
    Kathy G

  2. Kath: Or the lift we get from being near a happy country too. Happy Easter.

  3. Heather said

    Just saw this and thought I’d point out that not all Canadians get a 4 day weekend. I believe Federal employees are the ONLY Canadians with a legislated 4 day Easter Weekend. The rest of us Canadians get Easter Friday but not Easter Monday.