by Amanda Macias
October 31, 2014
Similar report in Spanish
While the wealthy who live in advanced economies claim to be happier
with their life situation, those living in emerging economies are
close to the same level of satisfaction, according to a new
Pew Research Center report (People
in Emerging Markets Catch Up to Advanced Economies in Life
The survey asked respondents of 43 nations to measure their
happiness on a scale of 0 to 10, where 10 represents the the highest
rung of life's ladder. Those who answered between 7 and 10 were
counted as being happy.
Mexico, a country
plagued with crime and corruption,
had the overall highest score in the survey, measuring in at 79%
satisfaction in life. Mexico's response represents a shift in what
The Economist called a "fraying link between happiness and income"
On average, people residing in advanced economies like,
...answered with a median of 53% of
having a comfortable and gratifying life.
Of the 10 countries with advanced
economies, Israel is the leader of the pack at 75%.
Half of Mexico's counterparts, like Venezuela and Brazil, weren't
too far behind by listing their lives as highly satisfying.
Meanwhile countries in the Middle East, including Tunisia, Jordan,
and Egypt, claimed to be the least satisfied among the emerging
The Pew report also noted that few
Ukrainians are happy, which may,
"reflect the considerable turmoil in
Representing the developing economies,
Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya were the most dissatisfied with their
lives out of the 43 nations sampled.
Here is the full list of all 43 surveyed countries: