The poorest 20% of Danes are more joyful than the richest Greeks…!
The recent OECD survey on Life satisfaction revealed -since the end of last year- that Greek citizens are the most unhappy group in 36 OECD countries When asked to rate their general life satisfaction withon a scale from 0 to 10, Greeks gave it a 4.7 grade, the lowest score in the OECD, where average life satisfaction is 6.6.
The Top- on- Unhappiness Greece’s statistics are, lately, repeatedly updated and confirmed
As usual, writes the April article of Economist,reporting on the 2013 Eurostat survey,
- Scandinavians are the happiest people in Europe and
- retired Danish women are the cheeriest among them, reporting a happiness score of 8.5 out of 10.
Retirement inSouth, a miserable affair.
In general, geography is the best predictor of merriness, followed by pay.
- At all income levels a step up one quintile on the income scale makes people more content.
- Yet the poorest 20% of Danes are more joyful than the richest Greeks.
Procreation affects cheerfulness too.
- In southern Europe families with children are happiest,
- whereas the British and Irish are the only people to become sadder when little ones arrive.
Ageing draws out differences.
- Everyone is happiest when young and less so in middle age.
- But in old age the British and Scandinavians cheer up
- while in the South, retirement is a miserable affair.
Greeks are the most stressed out amongst the euro zone population and more stressed than the rest of Europe.