Monday, January 09, 2006

Malta is the happiest place on earth

According to an annual World Database of Happiness, compiled by Rotterdam Erasmus University Prof Ruut Veenhoven, Malta is the happiest place on earth.

Malta is a small country with a low divorce rate and a good community spirit. Malta does not bomb its neighbours.

The study shows that 74 per cent of Maltese people said they are happy, followed by Denmark and Switzerland with 73 per cent.

Among the other countries that were placed in the world’s top ten are Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada and Finland.

Some Latin American countries had high scores. "Latin america is known for its warm family ties, the way of life and enjoyment of festivals and the particular brand of Catholicism, all of which contribute to people’s happiness,” said Professor Ruut Veenhoven.


Experts believe a combination of the “rat race” of rising working hours and the decline of traditional families and communities has resulted in happiness levels reaching a plateau in Britain. In Britain, divorce rates have more than quadrupled since 1970 while every year 40,000 children and adolescents in Britain are prescribed antidepressants.


The study shows that Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Moldova and Tanzania are the most unhappy countries. Less than 20 per cent of the citizens in the latter countries said they are happy.

The United States is placed 16th after Guatemala and Uruguay.

One quarter of the people of the USA have a mental health problem.

The United Kingdom and Germany are at the 21st and 22nd places.


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