Revealed, the happiest countries in the world: For a contented life, head to Costa Rica, Vietnam or Mexico (while the UK fares better than Spain, the US or Australia)
A new map of 151 countries has revealed exactly which parts of the world deliver long and happy lives for their citizens, within the environmental limits of the planet. Each of the three component measures – life expectancy, the level of well-being experienced and ecological footprint – is given a traffic-light score based on thresholds for good (green), middling (amber) and bad (red) performance.These scores are combined to an expanded six-colour traffic light for the overall HPI score, where, to achieve bright green – the best of the six colours, a country would have to perform well on all three individual components
And the results may surprise you, with Costa Rica, Colombia and Vietnam topping the league. The UK features at position 44 – higher than Germany (47), Spain (62), Canada (65), Australia (76) and the US (105).
The map was compiled by the relocation website Movehub, using data from the latest Happy Planet Index (HPI) – a global measure of sustainable wellbeing.
The HPI claims it ‘measures what matters’, rather than wealth: the extent to which countries deliver long, happy, sustainable lives for the people that live in them.
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