Life, liberty and happy living years?

Wednesday 28th October 2009
The Have and Have Nots, shades of happiness: Courtesy:

Quality-of-life in nations is measured using an index of ‘Happy Life Years’, developed at Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands. The index combines average appreciation of life with average length of life. Costa Rica is top with 66,7 and Zimbabwe at the bottom with a short 12,5 happy life years.

The USA rank in the sub-top with Satisfaction with life 7.4, life expectancy 77.9 and an average of 58 years lived happily. The UK should try harder. It scores 7.2, 79.0 and 56.9

Rank lists are published periodically on the World Database of Happiness. The Erasmus University latest rank list counts 148 nations and covers more than 95% of the world’s population.

These findings were presented at the 3rd OECD World Forum in October in Busan, South Korea. The focus of this conference is on measures of social progress other than GDP. This measure of Happy Life Years is such an alternative measure.

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