World map of happiness
Posted 01 August 2006 - 07:44 AM
Some british scholar did some surveys on these things, and assembled some country indicators. I haven't looked more closely at the study though, but the results and maps (including interactive) are available here: http://www.le.ac.uk/...rld/sample.html
Note: thumbnail prepared by yours truly
Oh, seems like th publish is not published yet (due in September) and there is no word on the web-page(s) on how this was calculated. It might just be calculations/modeling out of some other indicators...
Posted 01 August 2006 - 08:06 AM
Posted 03 August 2006 - 08:55 AM
Also - not sure happy vs unhappy is very sophisticated terminology for quantifying quality of life,
which might be more useful.
I have seen similar world maps like this before based on various metrics (access to food/water, health care, war/peace, economy, etc.
Posted 03 August 2006 - 09:34 AM
Here is another related one, even more artificial
It's not clear to me what the colors mean on this map.
Posted 03 August 2006 - 10:32 AM
It is all based on the HPI or Happy Planet Index which incorporates three factors - ecological footprint, life-satisfaction, and life expectancy. The equation is quite simple however two of the metrics are rather subjective.
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Posted 03 August 2006 - 12:31 PM
So... how exactly do you measure happiness?
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Posted 04 August 2006 - 09:41 AM
It means that the people in the following countries are happy (Vanuatu, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Panama, Cuba, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines , Saint Lucia, Vietnam, Bhutan, Samoa) and the rest of us aren't doing so well.
Not exactly. To quote the website:
"The Index doesn?t reveal the ?happiest? country in the world. It shows the relative efficiency with which nations convert the planet?s natural resources into long and happy lives for their citizens. "
But it's not clear in the map what the specific colors mean (or why the color scheme has one green class and a range of reds).
I'm not saying I couldn't figure it our with some work (reading the website), just that the map itself is not clear.
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