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Happy isle tops happy planet index
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14 July 2006
On 14 July 2006 Reuters reported:
The nation of Vanuatu, which is part of the Pacific archipelago, is rated number one on the Happy Planet Index, 'which measures quality of life against environmental impact.'
Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of culture, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.
The index suggested that happiness does not rely on consumption of the Earth's resources, nor on the amount of a country's Gross National Product, the article said.
The article reported that the index was created by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) out of the United Kingdom, and the environmental group Friends of the Earth in order to measure 'environmental efficiency of global progress.'
The article quoted NEF's policy director Andrew Simms as saying ' ... policy makers have been led astray by abstract mathematical models of the economy that bear little relation to the real world.'
The industrialized nations did not fare well on happiness. Out of the 178-nation survey, the United Kingdom was 108; the United States was 150; and Russia a dismal 172.
Reuters reported that 'Central America was the region with the highest average score' while Switzerland was the happiest nation in Europe, Vietnam rated the highest (number 12) in Asia, while Zimbabwe rated lowest in Africa, which had seven countries in the bottom 10.
The Happy Planet Index is available at www.happyplanetindex.org.
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