on Sep 3, 2010
According to a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris-based group of 30 countries with democratic governments, which are the economic and social statistics and data, levels of happiness and the highest in the Nordic countries.
Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands top the list, ranking the first, second and third. Landed outside of Europe, New Zealand and Canada in the numbers 8 and 6 United States is not the top 10.
The report focuses on the well-defined as the subjective satisfaction with life. People feel as if their lives were positively or negatively by the experiences and feelings dominate?
To answer this question, the OECD carried out using data from a Gallup poll in 140 countries worldwide worldwide last year. The survey asked respondents whether they had experienced six different forms of positive or negative feelings on the last day.
Some examples of questions: Do you like something you made yesterday? Are you proud of what you made yesterday? Have you learned something yesterday?
Have you been treated with respect, yesterday? In each country a representative sample of 1,000 persons aged 15 years or older interviewed. The investigation was obtained numerically on a scale of 1-100. The average score 62.4.
Why do northern European countries that look so good? Overall economic health played an important role, said Simon Chapple, Senior Economist at the Social Policy Division of the OECD, which prepared the report.
While the global economic crisis has a toll on all nations, countries that boast shot in the head yet, some of the highest GDP per capita in the world. Denmark, which has received the highest score, is not only a rich country is also very productive, with a GDP per capita of $ 68,000 in 2009, according to the International Monetary Fund. The U.S. GDP per capita, in contrast, is $ 47,335. Although the United States was a score above the average of 74, not to break 10th.
Wealth alone does not lead to a greater degree of happiness. Norway has the highest GDP per capita in the list - $ 98,822 - but at number nine, not the first. On the other hand, the level of New Zealand 100 76.7 luck in the OECD list, but the GDP per capita in 2009 only $ 30,556.
According to an editorial in 2005 in the British Medical Journal and written by Dr Tony Delamothe, research in Mexico, Ghana, Sweden, USA and UK shows that people are generally richer in their lives, but not happier. It is the family, community and social networks, the joy brought to live by Delaroche.