Many of the headlines have focused on Denmark being ranked the happiest country in the world after a U.S. funded global survey was released at the beginning of this week. So where are the Chinese people ranked? And what about the two countries often used for comparison/contrast with China (i.e. Russia and India)?
Rank, Score, Country/Region
48, +1.83, Taiwan
54, +1.64, mainland China
63, +1.16, Hongkong
69, +0.85, India
89, -1.01, Russia
Note: a negative value means a majority of the population being unhappy. And remember, these are just statistics…
[Updated to provide some details of the study]
The full list of all countries/regions ranked can be found here. It is produced by a study led by University of Michigan political scientist Ronald Inglehart based on data collected at World Values Survey, which is directed by him.
The data is collected by asking two questions:
- Taking all things together, would you say you are very happy, rather happy, not very happy, not at all happy?
- All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?
It is claimed that 350,000 people were queried over the last 26 years all over the world. The results of the questions were weighted equally to produce the score measuring people’s happiness.
I cannot find much more about the methodology used in the study, which is “to be published in the July 2008 issue of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science”.