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I’m other news “Ireland is the 16th happiest country in the world and Dublin is the 22nd happiest city”.

20 Mar

The World happiness report 2020 has arrived today in the midst of uncertainty of our future. It has slipped discreetly under the radar.

The happiest people in the world once again are the Finns and Ireland retains 16th spot for the 2nd year running. Ireland have a consistent positioning in the top 20 since the report first arrived in 2012. A position we should be proud of considering our size and history. We are a resilient group of people. The top 20 rankings for 2020 are listed  here.

World Happiness index

  1. Finland
  2. Denmark
  3. Switzerland
  4. Iceland
  5. Norway
  6. Netherlands
  7. Sweden
  8. New Zealand
  9. Austria
  10. Luxembourg
  11. Canada
  12. Australia
  13. United Kingdom
  14. Israel
  15. Costa Rica
  16. Ireland
  17. Germany
  18. United States
  19. Czech Republic
  20. Belgium

Once again 153 countries are graded in this extensive report.

Ireland have a consistent positioning in the top 20 since the report first arrived in 2012.

For the first time the report also focuses on Cities.  How is a city gauged on happiness.

Firstly Gallup use the Cantril ladder to look at life evaluation at present of its residents. This is where the respondents are asked to imagine a ladder with steps. The higher they move up the ladder the more positive their Life evaluation score is and the lower is the opposite.. It scores between

  • 0 – Worst possible life.
  • 10 – Best possible life.

Secondly included are Yes/No questions to garner the positive and negative effect of the cities residents.

Positive affect questions Include whether respondents experienced enjoyment and whether they smiled or laughed a lot.

Negative affect questions include whether respondents experienced feeling sadness, worry,and anger.

Finally we need to find out the future life evaluation of respondents from that city. Using the Cantril ladder model once again. 0 being the worst possible life and 10 the best. Participants were asked..

  • Where do you think you will stand in terms of your quality of life five years from now.?


But Dublin city came 22nd Happiest city out of 186 cities

It’s probably no surprise that Helsinki (Finlands capital) scored highest here with Denmark( 2nd happiest country) providing two cities in the top 5. But Dublin city came 22nd Happiest city out of 186 cities. A very positive result.

1. Helsinki — Finland (7.828)
2. Aarhus — Denmark (7.625)
3. Wellington — New Zealand (7.553)
4. Zurich — Switzerland (7.541)
5. Copenhagen — Denmark (7.530)
6. Bergen — Norway (7.527)
7. Oslo — Norway (7.464)
8. Tel Aviv — Israel (7.461)
9. Stockholm — Sweden (7.373)
10. Brisbane — Australia (7.337)
11. San Jose — Costa Rica (7.321)
12. Reykjavik — Iceland (7.317)
13. Toronto Metro — Canada (7.298)
14. Melbourne — Australia (7.296)
15. Perth — Australia (7.253)
16. Auckland — New Zealand (7.232)
17. Christchurch — New Zealand (7.191)
18. Washington — USA (7.185)
19. Dallas — USA (7.155)
20. Sydney — Australia (7.133)
21. Houston — USA (7.110)
22. Dublin — Ireland (7.096)
23. Boston — USA (7.091)

For those with a keen Irish interest. Cork City came in at 32nd sandwiched between Los Angeles and Jerusalem. A great result in a listing of 186 countries worldwide,

In these times of uncertainty looking at the positives can in many ways lighten the bleakness and give us hope that happier times are ahead.

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