Thursday, April 5, 2012

Philippines only at 103rd in UN's World Happiness Report

It's quite ironic, since the country's tourism slogan is "It's More Fun in the Philippines."

Yet the Philippines was placed only at the 103rd position in United Nations' World Happiness Report.

It is quite disappointed that we even lagged behind war-prone Iraq, who was at the 98th spot.

The Philippines' neighboring nations were also far from our ranking:

Japan (44th)
Taiwan (46th)
Malaysia (51st)
Thailand (52nd)
South Korea (56th)
Vietnam (65th), and
Hongkong (57th).

The report, which was issued by the UN General Assembly on April 2's UN Conference for Happiness, "reviews the state of happiness in the world today and shows how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness" on 156 UN-member nations.

Among the top happiest countries in the world were from Northern Europe, where average life evaluation score is 7.6 on a 0-10 scale. The least happy countries were from the poor Sub-Saharan nations in Africa, which included Benin, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, and Togo. The average life evaluation scored on 3.4

The World Happiness Report is published by the Columbia University's Earth Institute, reflecting on a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness and absence of misery as criteria for government policy.

Top 20 "happiest countries"

1. Denmark
2. Finland
3. Norway
4. Netherlands
5. Canada
6. Switzerland
7. Sweden
8. New Zealand
9. Australia
10. Ireland
11. USA
12. Costa Rica
13. Austria
14. Israel
15. Belgium
16. Luxembourg
17. United Arab Emirates
18. United Kingdom
19. Venezuela
20. Iceland

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