Nov. 5, 2007

Section 1: Rating Personal Well-Being

While levels of personal satisfaction vary considerably across the world, they are generally associated with wealth – people in rich countries tend to express more satisfaction with their lives than do those in poorer countries. In the economically advanced countries of Western Europe, Canada and the United States, for example, people are relatively happy with […]

Nov. 5, 2007

Section 2: National Conditions and the Global Economy

Overall, many publics are somewhat more satisfied with the state of their countries than they were five years ago. In the 35 nations where trends are available, the number of people satisfied has increased in 21, declined in nine, and remained basically unchanged in five. The greatest improvement is found in Bangladesh, where 75% currently […]

Nov. 5, 2007

Appendix A: Purchasing Power Parity

Below we list the purchasing power parity (PPP) measures for each country included in the study (with the exception of the Palestinian territories, for which figures were not available). Source: IMF World Economic Outlook.