Costa Rica NOT Included in Annual Global End Of Year Happiness Survey

Panama is among the top 10 "Happy Countries". Colombia is first.
Panama is among the top 10 “Happy Countries”.

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica and Central America (except for Panama) is NOT among the results of WIN/Gallup International Association‘s annual global end of the year survey.

The survey, released Thursday, polled 66,040 people from 68 countries (with the exclusion of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Belize and Guatemala) across the globe between September 2015 and December 2015, and asked respondents: “In general, do you personally feel very happy, happy, neither happy nor unhappy, unhappy or very, unhappy about your life?”

According to the survey, Colombians are the happiest, with 87 percent said they were happy, and only 2 percent said they were unhappy, giving them a “net happiness score” of 85 percent — twenty points above the global average and nearly double the score of the United States.

In the top 10 following Colombia is Fiji (82%), Saudi Arabia (82%), Azerbaijan (81%), Vietnam (80%), Argentina (79%), Panama (79%), Mexico(76%), Ecuador(75%), and China/Iceland(74%).

In the “Hope” index Bangladesh is tops and Nigeria in “Economic Optimism”.

When it comes to “Pessimist/Unhappy Countries”, Iraq is tops, Italy in the least “Hope” and Greece in the least “Economic Optimism”.

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