Ireland is the 8th-Happiest Nation in the World

June 26, 2007 at 1:31 am 6 comments

This is the first in a series of posts about how happy the Irish are.

Ireland is the eighth-happiest nation in the world over the ten years from 1995 to 2005, according to researchers at the World Database of Happiness in Rotterdam. Denmark is the happiest, and Tanzania the least happy, of the ninety-four nations that were regularly surveyed. Here are the top 25. >>>

What is Being measured?

How much people enjoy their life-as-a-whole, on a scale of 0 to 10

Happiest Nations in the World

  • 8.2Denmark
  • 8.1 – Switzerland
  • 8.0 – Austria
  • 7.8 – Iceland
  • 7.7Australia, Finland, Sweden
  • 7.6Canada, Guatamala, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway
  • 7.5Colombia, Malta, Netherlands
  • 7.4USA
  • 7.3Belgium
  • 7.2El Salvador, Germany, New Zealand
  • 7.1Britain, Honduras
  • 7.0 – Kuwait, Saudi Arabia

Least Happy Nations in the World

  • 4.9 – Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Mali
  • 4.8 – Egypt, Ghana
  • 4.7 – Iraq, Latvia
  • 4.6 – Lithuania
  • 4.4 – Albania, Angola, Russia
  • 4.3 – Pakistan
  • 4.2 – Bulgaria
  • 4.1 – Georgia
  • 4.0 – Belarus
  • 3.7 – Armenia
  • 3.6 – Ukraine
  • 3.5 – Moldova
  • 3.3 – Zimbabwe
  • 3.2 – Tanzania


Veenhoven, R., Average happiness in 95 nations 1995-2005, World Database of Happiness, RankReport 2006-1d, Internet:


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. John Cav  |  June 26, 2007 at 12:44 am

    So people in Guatemala are as happy as we are? Considering the extortionate cost of living in Ireland, that hardly seems fair does it?

  • 2. Michael Nugent  |  June 26, 2007 at 12:50 am

    I think the formula is that they have better bananas, while we have a better banana Republlic. Actually, surveys consistently show that, once you are above a certain basic level of income, there is no real correlation between wealth and happiness.

  • 3. John Cav  |  June 26, 2007 at 1:20 am

    On reflection, I’d much rather the weather in Guatemala. I believe they experience this fantastic season over there… what’s it called again… oh yes… summer.

  • 4. Alan  |  June 26, 2007 at 8:11 am

    Ah yes, seasons… I remember them.

  • 5. Michael Nugent  |  June 26, 2007 at 9:15 am

    Another way of looking at this is that Ireland (along with Luxembourg) is the fifth-happiest nation in the European Union, after Denmark, Austria, Finland and Sweden.

    I’ll put up the happiness levels of all EU countries later today.

  • 6. Christian Lauritsen  |  January 15, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    I think it not fair you weere only rated 8th. You beat us on Danish soil, so that should make you a bit happier than us I presume… 🙂 Christian – a Dane


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I also write Bionic Bohs, a blog about following Bohemians football club in the 1970s.


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As mentioned above, if you like Irish football and/or cultural nostalgia, I also write Bionic Bohs, a blog about following Bohs in the 1970s.

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