Costa Rica is the greenest and happiest country in the world, according to the Happy Planet Index published Saturday 4 julio/09, and as reported by The New Economics Foundation.
With pleasure I announce this information on the country where I lived twenty-one years. Our problems are minor, comparing to the other countries in Central American who need to deal with gunshot wounds, poverty, injustice, inequality. The Ticos in comparison are living in paradise.
We are not saying that people living in Costa Rica are the happiest. The index measures the ecological efficiency that would have long lives and bring happiness to all citizens. It is a happiness gained from the ecological point of view, as green country, and life expectancy.
The report looks at 143 countries and measures how many resources the planet uses every nation, and well-being and life expectancy of citizens.
Of a total of 100 points, a kind of ultimate happiness environmentally sustainable, yet humanity remains at just 49 points.
In this list, and according to those parameters Western nations, seen as the most “successful” of the world, do not occupy the highest places. Switzerland is low at site 52, France 71 and U.S. slips to 114.
“The Happy Planet Index can not measure everything,” said Abdallah. “And one thing you do not measure very well is war. Because the war, especially that kind of internal war or social conflict, does not affect all people within a country. ”
In short: Money from rich countries does not do everything for the happiness of its citizens.
Ecology, key factor in Costa Rica – What makes the index is to measure the environmental efficiency that would have long lives and happiness for all people.
“The UK only produces 4.5% of electricity of sustainable energy, while in Costa Rica it is 99%. “Many countries in Latin America produce more clean energy than in Europe”.
The most important health problems in Costa Rica from the point of view of progress attainable are associated to some extent neglected diseases such as diabetes and cervical cancer in women and traffic accidents in men. Although there are other causes of death that cost lives, being preventable cause mortality in Costa Rica compared to other countries. Gastric cancer is another plague that claims many more lives in Costa Rica than in other nations, but life expectancy at birth is about 78.5%. In the Savior walks by 71%. In this connection only Canada beats Costa Rica with 80% of life expectancy at birth.
“Western countries generally do have the highest welfare standards in the world, but they succeed deteriorating natural resources to the maximum. Do you need to destroy the world to succeed to be happy?
“If we want to live a happy live, and no longer want damage to the Earth, think of Costa Rica. For real estate in Costa Rica, go to http://tamborhills.com