Philippines ranks 20th happiest place on earth

  • The Philippines ranked as the 20th happiest place among 140 countries surveyed for the 2016 Happy Planet Index (HPI) report of the UK-based New Economic Foundation (NEF)
  • Results were the combined results of 4 elements to include life expectancy, rating for well-being, global hectares for ecological footprint, and inequality of outcomes
  • Costa Rica was tagged as the happiest nation on earth

Despite the social complexities that the country is currently facing, the Philippines managed to rank 20th among 140 countries that are reportedly able to provide “happiness” to their citizens.

The result was shown in the 2016 Happy Planet Index (HPI) report of the UK-based think tank New Economic Foundation (NEF) where Costa Rica was tagged as the happiest nation on the planet, an article written by Rhodina Villanueva on The Philippine Star stated.

The report also mentioned that HPI combines four elements that include life expectancy, rating for well-being, global hectares for ecological footprint, and inequality of outcomes to show how efficiently residents of different countries are using environmental resources to lead long, happy lives.

Happiest nation Costa Rica registered 79.1 years for life expectancy, 7.3 rating for well-being with 10 being the highest, 2.8 global hectares for ecological footprint and 15 percent for inequality of outcomes.

On the other hand, the Philippines, registered a life expectancy of 67.9 years, which is classified as “middling” or in the middle. Data was provided by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations.

As explained by the HPI, ecological footprint refers to the average impact that each resident of a country places on the environment while inequality of outcomes mean inequalities between people within a country in terms of how long they live and how happy they feel based on the distribution in each country’s life expectancy and well-being data.

Based on results, the second happiest place was Mexico, followed by Colombia and Vanuatu, which is in the Asia-Pacific region where the Philippines belongs.

In fifth place was Vietnam, followed by Panama, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Thailand, Ecuador, Jamaica, Norway, Albania, Uruguay, Spain, Indonesia and El Salvador.

The Netherlands and Argentina placed 18th and 19th, respectively.

The HPI annual survey of countries – which started in July 2006 – provides a compass to guide nations, and shows that it is possible to live good lives without costing the Earth.”

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