Australia a 'less happy' country than Iraq?

WOULD you be happier living in Iraq? How about Saudi Arabia?

A group claims to have ranked 151 countries on happiness, with Australia coming in at 76, or roughly halfway down.

We fell below Lebanon (69), Cyprus (45.5), Iraq (36), Pakistan (16) and Indonesia (13).

Costa Rica was rated the happiest country, followed by Vietnam and Colombia in second and third.

According to the list, countries are judged not just their economics, but on their "life expectancy, experienced well-being and ecological footprint".

On a traffic light scale from green to yellow to red, Australia earned a burnt orange colour, or the second lowest grade with a score of 42.

"Australia's score reflects a high life expectancy and high levels of experienced well-being but is brought down by a very high ecological footprint".

Compare that to Iraq, currently having to wage war against the massacring forces of ISIS.

Iraq earned a yellow and a score of 49.2

"Iraq's HPI score reflects middling life expectancy, middling levels of experienced well-being and a low ecological footprint."

To quote from CNN's description of Iraq's tribulations with the rampaging radicals: 

"ISIS is known for killing dozens of people at a time and carrying out public executions, crucifixions and other acts.

It has taken over large swaths of northern and western Iraq."

The "data" has been pulled together by MoveHub, a British group that specialises in helping people emigrate to another country.

The information it used was distilled from the Happy Planet Index figures released in 2012, before ISIS was considered a serious threat to international security.

Interestingly, MoveHub has a very detailed guide on helping Britons move to Australia.

For some reason, it does not offer the same guide for those wanting to move to Iraq.

Check out the color-coded guide below to see the "happiness" of the world.

Green means happy, red means sad, yellow means neutral. 



Topics:  australia editors picks iraq offbeat

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