Albanians feeling miserable, according to world happiness report

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 21, 2017 00:07

TIRANA, March 20 – Most Europeans are a happy lot, but in this country people are feeling miserable, according to a UN report released this week, which ranks Albanians as some of the world’s least happy people.

Albania ranked 109 out of 155 countries listed, with many of its neighbours at the bottom of the list being sub-Saharan African countries. Albanians ranked as the most unhappy people in Europe – outside the former Soviet Union. Ukraine, where there is an ongoing violent conflict, bottomed the European list.

The list assesses economic, health and polling data compiled by economists, which are averaged over three years from 2014 to 2016.

Weather has little say on happiness levels, apparently, as frozen and dark Norway tops the global list, followed by several other Scandinavian, northern European countries and Canada.

Qualities such as “caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance,” keep Norwegians happy, despite the country’s struggle amid falling oil prices, the report read.

The UN report was released to coincide with the International Day of Happiness, and experts say it shouldn’t be taken lightly. The variables used include GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 21, 2017 00:07