India 125th on happiness index

Updated on Jul 28, 2006 11:13 AM IST

A study shows that Denmark is the happiest country in the world, while Burundi in Africa is the most unhappy.

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India is the 125th happiest country in the world, a world map of happiness prepared by a British scientist claimed on Friday.

Denmark is the happiest country in the world and Burundi in Africa is the most unhappy as per the map produced by Adrian White, Analytic Social Psychologist at the University of Leicester.

According to the study, happiness is found to be most closely associated with health, followed by wealth and education.

China is more happier than India with an 82nd position while Japan is placed at 90.

"We were surprised to see countries in Asia scoring so low, with China 82nd, Japan 90th and India 125th. These are countries that are thought as having a strong sense of collective identity which other researchers have associated with well-being," a University of Leicester release said.

"It is also notable that many of the largest countries in terms of population do quite badly. With China 82nd, India 125th and Russia 167th it is interesting to note that larger populations are not associated with happy countries," it said.

Switzerland, Austria and Iceland follows Denmark in the map of happiness. It places United States at 23, UK at 41 and France at 62.

The study is based on data from 178 countries and on the findings of over 100 different studies around the world, which questioned 80,000 people. Participants were asked questions related to happiness and satisfaction with life.

White analysed data published by UNESCO, the CIA, the WHO and the likes to create a global project of subjective well-being: the first world map of happiness.

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