Henry Kirby in London -
Gallup's 2014 "Positive Experiences Index" has revealed Latin America to be the world’s happiest region, while Southeast Europe, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus emerged as the unhappiest.
Gallup asked adults in 143 countries if they had enjoyed five positive experiences in the day before they were surveyed. Respondents were asked if they had felt well rested, if they had been treated with respect, if they smiled or laughed, or if they learned or did something interesting the previous day.
Paraguay came out top of the list, with an index score of 89, while conflict-ridden Sudan sat at the bottom of the list with a score of only 47.
Surprisingly, Uzbekistan was the highest-scoring Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) country for the second year running, with 2013 and 2014 scores of 76 and 78, respectively. This was followed by Austria with 75 points and Poland at 70. The rest of CEE/CIS was below Greece's score of 67.
The lowest scoring CEE/CIS countries were Serbia and Turkey, both with a score of only 54, followed by Lithuania, Georgia and Bosnia-Herzegovina on the same score as Afghanistan at 55. One spot above were Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova.
The biggest loser was Kosovo, whose score fell from 68 in 2013 to 58 in 2014. The most improved CEE/CIS nations were Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan, whose scores both improved by 6 points to 67 and 65, respectively.
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