Costa Rica is again ranked as the happiest country in the world. The Happy Planet Index, which every two years marks the level of happiness of the world’s countries named Costa Rica in first place for the second time in a row, followed by Vietnam and Colombia.
This report measures three things: the welfare of the inhabitants say they have, life expectancy at birth and the ecological footprint of a nation. According to the document, Costa Ricans given a rating of 7.3 to life, life expectancy at birth is 79.3 years and the ecological footprint is 2.5 g per capital. The ecological footprint measures the actions that are done for the environment compared to the use and abuse of natural resources and environment damaging activities. These features give Costa Rica an overall rating of 64.0, Vietnam is with a rating of 60.4 and a 59.8 Colombia. The last three places are occupied by Qatar, with 25.2 points, Chad, with a rating of 24.7 and Botswana with 22.5 points.
“The Happy Planet Index measures what really matters: long and happy lives today and the potential for good lives in the future. We have adhered to incomplete models that only see economic development for a long time now,” said the coauthor of the study. Saamah Abdallah, researcher at the New Economics Foundation, which makes the index.
“Countries like Costa Rica are at the top because people live long and happy lives using only a fraction of the planet’s resources. This is an economic model that can actually lead to healthier lives, happy and sustainable,” he said in the statement press.
But Nic Marcs himself said in an earlier interview with The Nation, that these features do not guarantee happiness of all people. “Costa Rica itself is the happiest country in the world, but it is no paradise, no place is. (…) Happiness is also a decision. A person can live in Costa Rica, a country that gives them all for people to be happy, and yet you are not happy. To begin measuring the happiness of a people, you must first be a definition of what makes people happy. Costa Rica definetely makes me very happy, and therefore we recommend people to give it a try.