Costa Rica is happiest, greenest nation!
The country's rise to the top of the Happy Planet Index, "has a lot to do with social imagination". Apparently, 85 per cent of the country's residents admit that they are happy.india Updated: Sep 17, 2009 10:23 IST
Costa Rica has been named as the ‘happiest place to live on Earth’ in a new survey. It has also been named the most environmentally friendly country on the planet.
The New Economics Foundation looked at 143 countries, and devised an equation that evaluates life expectancy and people's happiness against their environmental impact.
The foundation ranks Costa Rica as the happiest, greenest country in the world, followed by Dominican Republic at the second place, reports the News.com.au.
The Latin American countries have booked nine of the top 10 spots in the survey. However, some of the major Western nations did poorly, with Britain being mentioned at 74th place, Australia at 102nd and the US at 114th.
The survey report suggests that Costa Ricans have a life expectancy of 78.5 years, and 85 per cent of the country's residents admit that they are happy and satisfied with their lives.
Sociologist Andrea Fonseca said that Costa Rica gives its citizens the "tools" to be happy.
She added that the country's rise to the top of the Happy Planet Index "has a lot to do with social imagination".
Some of the critics have condemned the study for ignoring issues like political freedom, human rights, and labour rights.
"He was obsessed with helicopter rides and squealed like a big kid. He loved orange soda and had a bit of soup, but that''s all."
However, he agreed: " He was very sad and lonely."