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Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Happiest Country

The latest World Values Survey wave is now available to the general public.  Over 50 countries were surveyed through the 2010-2014 period.  

A diverse group of countries were ranked among the world's happiest, with Qatar topping the list (98% of residents described themselves as "rather" or "very happy").  The U.S. was in 18th place, behind Rwanda, Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan, and Sweden, among other countries. 

At the very bottom end was Egypt, where only 25% of the population was reportedly happy.


Here's a complete and alphabetized list of countries surveyed.


Country % "Rather" or "Very Happy"
Algeria 76
Armenia 82
Australia 93
Azerbaijan 81
Belarus 64
Chile 85
China 85
Colombia 92
Cyprus 82
Ecuador 93
Egypt 26
Estonia 77
Germany 84
Ghana 81
Iraq 68
Japan 87
Jordan 86
Kazakhstan 89
Kuwait 92
Kyrgyzstan 96
Lebanon 78
Libya 88
Malaysia 96
Mexico 94
Morocco 78
Netherlands 92
New Zealand 92
Nigeria 85
Pakistan 85
Palestine 74
Peru 76
Philippines 89
Poland 93
Qatar 98
Romania 69
Russia 73
Rwanda 90
Singapore 93
Slovenia 83
South Korea 90
Spain 86
Sweden 95
Taiwan 90
Trinidad and Tobago 88
Tunisia 79
Turkey 84
Ukraine 68
United States 90
Uruguay 86
Uzbekistan 96
Yemen 72
Zimbabwe 79