Icelanders: Not Optimistic, But Happy - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelanders: Not Optimistic, But Happy

Published January 13, 2014

A new Gallup poll shows that whilst the vast majority of Icelanders don’t see things getting better this year, over two-thirds identified as being happy with life in general.
RÚV reports that Gallup has released the results of their global poll on happiness, with Iceland providing some interesting data.
On the global average, 60% of human beings are happy with their lives, and 48% believe their lives will only improve in 2014. By contrast, 69% of Icelanders reported they were happy, but only 21% their lives will personally improve this year.
The survey also examined where people most want to live. About 46% of Icelanders intend to stay in their home country, as opposed to 38% of people in general. In addition, 24% of Icelanders consider the United States the greatest threat to world peace, whilst only 7% of Icelanders want to move there – slightly below the global average of 9%.

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