Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Where Exactly is the Happiest Place on Earth?

Where exactly is the happiest place on Earth? Some might immediately think of Disneyland and some might say home sweet home. We would like to show you the happiest place on Earth based on statistics, compiled research, and various factors in regards to the economy, governance, safety, and personal freedom.

We finally got our question answered by an index released in 2011 by LegatumInstitute, a private international investment organization based in Dubai. Some of the world’s happiest and least happiest countries are revealed based on 40 years of data breakdown, trending research, and extensive analysis. 
Legatum Prosperity Index calculates information from 110 countries around the world, which covers approximately 90% of the population. This index factors in 8 major subjects ranging from health, entrepreneurship opportunity, education, and all the way to social capital. And these categories break up into 89 variables including immunization, religion, democracy, inflation, etc. So what are the answers?

Overall happiest country ranking number 1 – Norway 

Norway has very high rankings in social capital and safety and security. In addition, this country is among one of the wealthiest in the world.

Average life satisfaction: 7.6 out of 10 (2008 estimate)
Literacy rate: 100% (2009)
GDP per capita (PPP): $53,738 (2011 estimate)


Overall happiest country ranking number 2 – Denmark


Denmark has the lowest cost for business start-ups and was ranked first in entrepreneurship-opportunity category, making it a true land of opportunities.

Average life satisfaction: 7.8 out of 10 (2010 estimate)
Literacy rate: 100% (2009)
GDP per capita (PPP): $37,585 (2011 estimate)


Overall happiest country ranking number 3 – Australia 

Australia has been growing from natural resources trading. In addition, the country offers excellent educational programs to both citizens and foreigners.

Average life satisfaction: 7.5 out of 10 (2010 estimate)
Literacy rate: 100% (2009)
GDP per capita (PPP): $40,816 (2011 estimate)

Regardless of the statistics and benchmarks, we believe that the happiest place on Earth for each individual is where you find our loved ones. Since holiday season is happening, we at Toner Spot hope that you are currently are all spending your holidays at the happiest place for you.

Please visit us at www.toner-spot.com and we wish you a very happy and safe holidays season.

Sources:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2011/12/07/the-worlds-happiest-and-saddest-countries/
http://www.prosperity.com/

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