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Happiness Poll: Israel Seventh, Canada Second in World Ranking

Despite everything, 63 percent of Israelis are happy.

By: Omer Shachnai

Published: April 25th, 2011 in News » World

Happiness Poll: Israel Seventh, Canada Second in World Ranking

Happy, happy, joy, joy? Turns out that despite the hardships of everyday life in the Middle East, 63% of Israel’s population is satisfied with its life -- so says Gallup, an American research and polls institution. The recent poll shows that Israel has surpassed the United Stated, France and even Britain, but is behind Canada which ranks second at 69%.

The new Global Wellbeing Survey which was published by Gallup this weekend, says Israel is number seven out of 124 countries in the world’s happiness ranking. The list is led by Denmark with 72% of its citizens who believe they are thriving. Canada shares the second place along with Sweden with 69%. Australia ranks in at number three with 65%. Surprisingly Finland and Venezuela are tied with 64%. Directly under Israel’s 63% you can find the Netherlands and Ireland with 62%, the US with 59% and Brazil with 57%.

The world’s highest ranking Arab country is the United Arab Emirates with 55% happy residents. Britain is less optimistic, with only 54% of the kingdom feeling satisfied. The poll’s results show that in 19 countries -- including Israel -- residents feel they have fulfilled their expectations. Contrarily, in 67 countries less than 25% of the population feels success.

Moreover, only 14% of Palestinians are happy with their situation. Libya (where rebels are still fighting Qaddafi) shares the same percentage of happiness with the Palestinians, and strangely, Portugal also ranks at the same place with the latter -- likely due to its economic crisis. The rest of Israel’s neighbours aren't doing so well either: Egypt (where Mubarak was thrown) is only 12% happy, Turkey is 16%, Lebanon is 21% and residents of Jordan are 30% happy.

The African countries which are located south of the Sahara Desert are the least happy. The list ends with just one percent of Chad's people being happy. Earthquake stricken Haiti is only two percent happy.

The survey is based on phone polls and face-to-face interviews with 1,000 people from the ages of 15 and up from the 124 countries.

The results in Russia and some of the Arabic countries are based on the summary of previous polls.

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