Estonians Moderately Happy, Says UN Report

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9/10/2013 2:23 PM
Category: Society

According to the World Happiness Report 2013 released on Sunday, Estonia is the 72nd happiest out of 156 nations studied.

Estonia tied with Lithuania to score 5.426 on the 10-point scale, results of which were based on surveys conducted in each country. Respondents were asked to measure their positive and negative emotions from the previous day and evaluate their lives as a whole.

The average result around the world was 5.158, while in Central and Eastern Europe the average was 5.425, just 0.001 points below Estonia's score.

The authors used six variables to explain the results: GDP per capita, social support (e.g. family and friends), healthy life expectancy, the perception of corruption, freedom to make life choices and the prevalence of generosity.

The report can be found here. Scroll to page 22 for the complete country-by-country rankings.

The latest World Happiness Report is only the second to be conducted. Since the previous report, compiled between 2005 and 2007, happiness in Estonia has risen by 0.074 points, while the average score of all nations increased 0.024 points.

Scandinavian nations top the current list, with Denmark scoring 7.693, followed by Norway with 7.655. Benin (3.528) and Togo (2.936) bottom out the list.

Estonia's neighbors ended up with mixed results. Finland came in seventh place with 7.389, Russia scored 5.464 to grab 68th place and Latvia was 88th with 5.046.


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