Monday, June 13, 2011

World's 10 happiest countries

In many countries, including India, people expect and assume that economic power guarantees happiness, but it seems that assumption is wrong.
The United States economy is still the largest and wealthiest in the entire world. And relative to Europe and Japan, the US is recovering quite well from the economic recession that threatened to cripple most nations.

But according to a study released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, America does not appear anywhere among the top happiest countries.

So, if citizens of a country as wealthy and rich as the US are not happy, that surely means that economic prosperity alone cannot guarantee happiness.

On a side note, the OECD did not include India in its study simply because India is not part of the OECD, which includes only developed countries.



1. The Netherlands 



The Dutch are the happiest people on earth.

Average household income $25,997

Paid job 75 per cent aged 15 to 64 have a paid job

Work hours1,378 hours a year

Mothers’ employability 75 per cent are employed after children start school

Education Average student scored 508 out of 600 in reading ability

Life expectancy 80.2 years

Satisfaction 91 per cent are satisfied with their life



2. Denmark 



The Danes follow the Dutch as the second most happy people in the world.

Average household income $22,929

Paid job 73 per cent aged 15 to 64 have a paid job

Work hours1,563 hours a year

Mothers’ employability 71 per cent are employed after children start school

Education Average student scored 495 out of 600 in reading ability

Life expectancy 78.8 years

Satisfaction 90 per cent are satisfied with their life



3. Finland 



The Finns follow closely at the number three spot when it comes to happiness.

Average household income $24,246

Paid job 68 per cent aged 15 to 64 have a paid job

Work hours1,652 hours a year

Mothers’ employability 71 per cent are employed after children start school

Education Average student scored 536 out of 600 in reading ability

Life expectancy 80 years

Satisfaction 86 per cent are satisfied with their life



4. Norway 



People in the Scandinavian nations seem to the happiest, with Norwegians being the 4th mots happy people in the world.

Average household income $29,365

Paid job 75 per cent aged 15 to 64 have a paid job

Work hours1,407 hours a year

Mothers’ employability 79 per cent are employed after children start school

Education Average student scored 503 out of 600 in reading ability

Life expectancy 80.6 years

Satisfaction 84 per cent are satisfied with their life



5. Sweden 



The Swedes are the fifth most happy people in the world.

Average household income $26,543

Paid job 73 per cent aged 15 to 64 have a paid job

Work hours1,610 hours a year

Mothers’ employability 76 per cent are employed after children start school

Education Average student scored 497 out of 600 in reading ability

Life expectancy 81.2 years

Satisfaction 83 per cent are satisfied with their life



6. Canada 



The Canadians are the 6th most happy people in the world, says the OECD survey.

Average household income $27,015

Paid job 72 per cent aged 15 to 64 have a paid job

Work hours1,699 hours a year

Mothers’ employability 71 per cent are employed after children start school

Education Average student scored 524 out of 600 in reading ability

Life expectancy 80.7 years

Satisfaction 78 per cent are satisfied with their life



7. Switzerland 



The Swiss follow the Canadians and are ranked the 7th most happy people in the world.

Average household income $27,542

Paid job 79 per cent aged 15 to 64 have a paid job

Work hours1,640 hours a year

Mothers’ employability 79 per cent are employed after children start school

Education Average student scored 501 out of 600 in reading ability

Life expectancy 80 years

Satisfaction 77 per cent are satisfied with their life



8. Australia 



Australians are the eighth most happy people.

Average household income $27,039

Paid job 72 per cent aged 15 to 64 have a paid job

Work hours 1,690 hours a year

Mothers' employability 71 per cent are employed after children start school

Education Average student scored 515 out of 600 in reading ability

Life expectancy 81.5 years

Satisfaction 75 per cent are satisfied with their life



9. Austria 



Austrians are the 9th happiest people, says the OECD survey.

Average household income $27,670

Paid job 72 per cent aged 15 to 64 have a paid job

Work hours 1,621 hours a year

Mothers' employability 71 per cent are employed after children start school

Education Average student scored 470 out of 600 in reading ability

Life expectancy 80.5 years

Satisfaction 73 per cent are satisfied with their life



10. Israel



Israelis make up the list of the top 10 happiest people, having been ranked 10th by OECD.

Average household income $19,456

Paid job 59 per cent aged 15 to 64 have a paid job

Education Average student scored 474 out of 600 in reading ability

Mothers' employability 55 per cent are employed after children start school

Satisfaction :
72 per cent are satisfied with their life. 

Life expectancy 81.1years

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