The VisualCapitalist website has created the Map of Happiness in 2023. The countries further happy and unhappy of the world. The results reflect that the happiness is related to the wealth level, social welfare and the political stability.
To make this happiness mapVisualCapitalist has surveyed about 1,000 people in each country, asking about their level of happiness on different issues.
The map seems quite consistent with the political situation and economic of each zone, although there are some surprises and curiosities that are worth commenting on.
The map of happiness 2023
The first interesting fact that the survey leaves us is that Europe is, by far, the place with the largest number of happy citizens. Especially in the north of the continent.
Eight of the ten happiest countries in the world are European. Finland he is the happiest in the worldfor the sixth consecutive year, with a score of 7.7 out of 10. They are followed by Denmark and Iceland. Only Israel (fourth position) and New Zealand (tenth), break the hegemony of northern and central Europe.
They are countries with a high standard of living, political stability, and low crime. It’s no surprise.
In the case of Europe, the score goes down as we move south. Still, they are higher than in the rest of the world.
Spain is famous for being a happy and partying country, but we are among the least happy countries in Europewith a score of 6.4. still we are happier that practically all South America, Asia and Africa.
He unhappiest country in europe in 2023 is, for obvious reasons, Ukrainewith 5.1 out of 10. Even so, there are more unfortunate countries in Africa and Asia. There we find countries with decades of war and famine, or with problems of overpopulation and inequality, in the case of Asia.
Curiously, Russia is happier than in 2022 despite the war, going up to the 5.7 points.
Here you can see the complete map:
In North America the happiest country is Canadawith a 7. USA stays in 6.9. The most unfortunate Haitiwith 5.6.
South America it remains at a medium-low level, conditioned by political turmoil and violence. The happiest with the uruguayanswith a 6.5and the least, the Venezuelanswith a 5.2.
Being happy is much more complicated in Asia and Africa. There we can find numerous countries that fall below 5. The unhappiest country in asia is the Indiawith a 4. But almost all do not reach 6. China stays in 5.8 and Japanin 6.1. The happiest are Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
Something similar happens in the Middle East. Here we find the unhappiest country in the world Afghanistanwith only 1.9 of score. Decades of wars, and the presence of the Taliban, make it the worst place in the world to live. But in Iran, Iraq, Pakistan either Türkiyedo not reach 5.
It is also quite sad and depressing, looking at the map of the happiness of Africa:
On this continent, almost everyone is unhappy. Very few countries reach 5. Wars, dictatorships, famines… The African continent is always the one that suffers the most.
Mauritania is the happiest country, with a 5.9. Sierra Leonewith 3.1, is the saddest. Over there 75% of the population does not have food insurance.
He Happiness Map 2023 It contains a lot of information to ponder. Prove that the political stability and the absence of violence and crimeare the engines of the happinessUnited to quality of life. Only in Europe and North America, the citizens are happy. It is a treasure that we have to learn to take care of, while we help others to get it too.