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T&T a “happier” place, says World Happiness Report


Trinidad Express /  THE Annual World Happiness Report is out, and Trinidad and Tobago is happier than it was last year, according to those questioned.

The report surveys people from various countries around the world looking for which one has the happiest population. This year’s winner is Denmark, followed by Switzerland, Iceland, and Norway. Trinidad and Tobago is ranked 38th. In the 2016 report, the country was ranked 43rd.

The unhappiest countries include Afghanistan at 154 th , Togo and Syria. Burundi is last place at 157th.

According to the website dealing with the Index: “The rankings are based on answers to the main life evaluation question asked in the poll. This is called the Cantril ladder: it asks respondents to think of a ladder, with the best possible life for them being a 10, and the worst possible life being a 0. They are then asked to rate their own current lives on that 0 to 10 scale.”

Between 2,000 and 3,000 people in each country are surveyed and asked to rank their happiness on six factors: levels of GDP, life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom, and corruption.

The Report says it’s a better measure of human welfare than analysing education, good government, health, income and poverty separately.

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