Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Norway Tops List of World's Happiest Countries
Five years ago researchers at the Legatum Institute, a London-based nonpartisan think tank, set out to rank the happiest countries in the world. But because "happy" carries too much of a touchy-feely connotation, they call it "prosperity." Legatum recently completed its 2010 Prosperity Index, which ranks 110 countries, covering 90 percent of the world's population.
To build its index Legatum gathers data from 12 sources the Gallup polling group, the Heritage Foundation and the World Economic Forum. Each country is ranked on 89 variables sorted into eight subsections: economy, entrepreneurship, governance, education, health, safety, personal freedom and social capital.
And guess who ranks as the most prosperous country in the world? Norway of course! What does Norway have that the rest of the world doesn't? The biggest bump comes from having the world's highest per capita GDP of $53,000 a year. Norwegians have the second-highest level of satisfaction with their standards of living: 95 percent say they are satisfied with the freedom to choose the direction of their lives; an unparalleled 74 percent say other people can be trusted.
Join the lovefest today and book a Norwegian Coastal Voyage! What a great way to unwind and find your own happy place.
Posted by Hurtigruten US at 3:30 PM