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Jul 10, 2009
Top 10 Happiest Nations in the World
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Countries in the Latin-America dominate this years Happiest Nations survey conducted by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) while developed and rich countries left at the bottom list.



People in Costa Rica are considered as the happiest people in the world as they topped the number one spot. Costa Rica tops the survey because Costa Ricans are said to be happy and satisfied with their life.



"Costa Ricans report the highest life satisfaction in the world and have the second-highest average life expectancy of the new world (second to Canada)," the organization said in a statement.



They "also have ecological footprints that means that the country only narrowly fails to achieve the goal of ... consuming its fair share of the Earth's natural resources."



The only non-Latin American country on the list is Vietnam. Vietnams economy is doing very well compared to previous years. It is said that in spite of the poverty that people still experiencing in the country, Vietnamese still manage to embrace life to the fullest.



On the other hand, rich countries like UK and USA are found at the bottom list ranking 74th and 114th respectively due to the massive ecological footprint and hefty consumption.



The survey also says that populous nations like China and India are also in the lower position due to the lower index brought by their vigorous pursuit of growth-based models.



Center for Well Being founder Nic Marc says, "As the world faces the triple crunch of deep financial crisis, accelerating climate change and the looming peak in oil production, we desperately need a new compass to guide us,".



Marks urged nations to make a collective global change before "our high-consuming lifestyles plunge us into the chaos of irreversible climate change."



The Top 10 Happiest Nations in the World are as follows:

  1. Costa Rica
  2. Dominican Republic
  3. Jamaica
  4. Guatemala
  5. Vietnam
  6. Columbia
  7. Cuba
  8. El Salvador
  9. Brazil
  10. Honduras

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