Where to live a long happy life

by Michael Nugent on June 2, 2008

Between 1995 and 2005, the best six countries in which to live a long happy life were Switzerland, Denmark, Iceland, Austria, Sweden and Australia. If you lived in one of these places, you could expect to have sixty or more ‘happy-years’ of life. ‘Happy-years’ are calculated by multiplying happiness levels by life expectancy.

Denmark, Switzerland and Austria had the happiest citizens, describing themselves as eight out of ten in satisfaction with their lives. Japanese citizens lived longer than any other nation – almost 81 years on average – but had a low happiness score of six out of ten.

Top 25 Countries for Happy-Life Years
(happiness levels multiplied by life expectancy, 1995-2005)

  • 63.9 Switzerland
  • 62.7 Denmark
  • 62.2 Iceland
  • 61.0 Austria
  • 60.8 Sweden
  • 60.7 Australia
  • 59.8 Canada, Finland
  • 59.3 Norway
  • 59.0 Luxembourg
  • 58.7 Netherlands
  • 58.3 Ireland
  • 58.2 Malta
  • 57.0 USA
  • 56.5 Belgium
  • 55.8 New Zealand
  • 55.7 Germany
  • 55.3 Mexico
  • 55.2 Britain
  • 54.2 Italy
  • 54.1 Spain
  • 53.7 Cyprus
  • 53.0 Kuwait
  • 52.9 Singapore
  • 52.2 Israel

Top 25 Countries for Average Happiness
(satisfaction with life on a scale of one to ten, 1995-2005)

  • 8.2 Denmark
  • 8.1 Switzerland
  • 8.0 Austria
  • 7.8 Iceland
  • 7.7 Australia, Finland, Sweden
  • 7.6 Canada, Guatemala, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway
  • 7.5 Malta, Netherlands
  • 7.4 USA
  • 7.3 Belgium
  • 7.2 Germany, El Salvador, New Zealand
  • 7.1 Britain, Honduras
  • 7.0 Kuwait, Saudi Arabia
  • 6.9 Italy, Spain, Cyprus

Top 25 Countries for Average Life Expectancy
(measured in years, 1995-2005)

  • 80.8 Japan
  • 79.5 Iceland
  • 79.4 Sweden
  • 79.2 Canada
  • 79.0 Switzerland
  • 78.9 Australia
  • 78.6 Italy, France, Spain
  • 78.5 Israel
  • 78.4 Norway
  • 78.1 Greece, Netherlands
  • 78.0 Belgium, Cyprus
  • 77.8 Austria, Malta
  • 77.6 Britain, Germany, New Zealand, Singapore
  • 77.4 Finland, Luxembourg
  • 76.9 USA
  • 76.6 Ireland

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1 Michael Nugent February 14, 2013 at 2:02 am

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