Bring back our Happiness


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

20150328_gdc662Greece at the Bottom o Happiness List, by Eurostat

The sun-soaked horizons do not necessarily equal happiness, as this years’ Eurostat’s research  survey for Happiness demonstrates.

  • The Scandinavian nations of Denmark, Finland and Sweden all topped the list in the overall happiness stakes with 8.0 out of 10Eurostat figures from 2013 that were released yesterday show.
  • The unstable economies of Mediterranean nations Greece, Cyprus and Portugal are suspected to have a negative effect on their populations as all three were rated comparatively low to the UK at 6.2. Serbia also dropped to their level on overall rankings
  • The United Kingdom enjoys an above-average happiness rating of 7.3, which is on par with Germany and Poland.The average for the whole of the EU is 7.0.

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.
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Grece, the Blue Zone, of the worst countries to be aged , but hosts centenarians!

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.


Greece on top of the word’s  most stressed countries by Bloomberg

With Norway being the most carefree nation in the world and Nigeria the most stressed-out country, Greece lies somewhere in the middle of the “Most Stressed Out Nations” list in a survey conducted by Bloomberg.

Neighboring Turkey is less stressed out than Greece. So is Argentina with a plethora of economic problems.

the severe materially deprived Greeks

But a closer look on the Eurostat Woldwide Index of Happiness has far more to say about Greece’s public stress overdose which has reached the stage of despair . 

More than half of severely materially deprived EU citizens report a low level of life satisfaction


Severe materially deprived Europeans are 9,6%.  Any idea how many of the Greeks  could be? ( more than 60% at least )

Severely materially deprived persons have living conditions greatly constrained by a lack of resources and cannot afford at least four out of 9 items:

  • to pay rent or utility bills;
  • to keep their home adequately warm;
  • to pay unexpected expenses;
  • to eat meat, fish or a protein equivalent every second day;
  • a one week holiday away from home;
  • a car;
  • a washing machine;
  • a colour TV;
  • or a telephone.

Together with the “at-risk-of poverty rate” and the indicator “low work intensity” severe material deprivation forms the Europe 2020 indicator “at risk of poverty or social exclusion[12].

  • At EU level, 9.6 % of the population were affected by severe material deprivation in 2013,
  • 16.6 % were at risk of poverty and 10.8 % of the population aged between 0 and 59 lived in households with very low work intensity.
  • Overall, 24.4 % reported at least one of these problems and were thus  at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

Social relationships and the need of Emphathy in traumatised societies

As already indicated in the section on household types, supportive personal relationships play an important role in life satisfaction. In the SILC module 2013 they were covered by two items:

  • “having anyone to discuss personal matters with” and
  • “getting help from others when needed”

Both items show very similar patterns, for social support, which is highly associated with life satisfaction.

More than double the proportion of people who cannot count on friends or family when help is needed had a low level of life satisfaction in 2013 (44.8 % vs. 19.0 %).

Only 9.4 % of this group reported high levels of life satisfaction compared with   22.7 % of those who had help available.

Fortunately, the share of those who did not have someone to rely on for help or to discuss personal matters with was rather small (6.7 % at EU level for the former and 7.1 % for the latter).

Brussels-Athens negotiations on the edge, by @vagpapavasiliou

Brussels-Athens negotiations on the edge, by @vagpapavasiliou

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