Icelanders Are A Happy Bunch

Words by Catharine Fulton
Icelanders are happier this year than they were last year, and way happier than they were in 2011 when national happiness was at an all-time low.

RÚV reports that the average happiness rating of Icelanders responding to a new survey conducted by the Ministry of Health was 7.5 out of 10. So that’s pretty happy. Some of the factors contributing to unhappiness were unemployment and having a tough time making ends meet, which isn’t particularly surprising. Those who are married or in a committed relationship reported being happier, on average.

Icelanders were at their happiest in 1990 when they rated their overall happiness an 8 out of 10. Those were the days.

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