Happiest Countries in the World: Where Does Greece Stand?


The World Happiness Report, which measures the happiest countries in the world, recently released its rankings, and both Greece and Cyprus measure in the top 100.

Greece ranks at the fifty-eighth spot on the list, a stunning 10-spot increase from last year’s ranking of sixty-eighth.    Cyprus sits above Greece at the forty-first spot, which is a two-spot decrease from the country’s ranking of 39 last year.

Greece moved up 10 spots on ranking of world’s happiest countries

For the third year in a row, Afghanistan ranked at the least happy spot. Ranking just above it are Lebanon, Zimbabwe, and Rwanda.For the fifth year in a row, Finland was ranked as the happiest country in the world, and it was followed by Denmark, Switzerland, and Iceland.

The World Happiness Report is published each year by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and its rankings are based on surveys conducted by people around the world about their own lives.

It also relies heavily on the Gallup World Poll, which tracks human development around the world.The 2022 report contains data from the years of 2019 to 2021, and marks ten years since the report was first published.

According to the report, despite the major economic, social, and political difficulties experienced around the world due to the coronavirus, human beings and their perception of happiness “have remained remarkably resilient.”

This is despite the fact that life satisfaction has dropped amongst young people, who are likely feeling the social and economic hits of the pandemic. Satisfaction and happiness among people aged over 60 has risen, however.

Likely in response to the pandemic, worry and stress have risen “by 8% in 2020 and 4% in 2021 compared with pre-pandemic levels.”
Remarkably, however, the pandemic has correlated with a large increase in kindness across the world.“In every global region, there have been large increases in the proportion of people who give money to charity, help strangers, and do voluntary work,” the report reads.

Greece among top ten most friendly countries in Europe

Greece is one of the most friendly countries in Europe, according to a recent report by InterNations.

Thousands of expatriates took a survey for InterNations, a site that offers essential tips to expats around the world, to help determine which countries in Europe and around the world are the most friendly.Perhaps unsurprisingly, Greece, a country known for its extroverted people, ranked among the top ten in Europe.

Greece was voted the eighth friendliest European country, while Portugal topped the list. Greece was also ranked twelfth on the list of best countries in Europe for making friends.Greece’s friendly reputation amongst expats and tourists likely stems from the longstanding Greek value of hospitality, or “philoxenia.”

Philoxenia, which literally means “friend of a stranger” in Ancient Greek, is an ancient concept that is still very prominent in modern Greece.

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