14 Jun '12, 1pm

Why isn't this read after the news instead of the bleedin' ftse100 or Dow jones index? #happyplanetindex

The results – which you can easily explore in detail on www.happyplanetindex.org – show that we are still not living on a happy planet. No country has good performance on all three indicators of life expectancy, experienced well-being and Ecological Footprint. But some countries do considerably better than others – and those that do best are not who you might expect. None of the top ten countries ranked by overall HPI score are among the world’s richest – in fact amongst the top 40 countries by overall HPI score, only four countries have a GDP per capita of over $15,000. The highest ranking Western European nation is Norway in 29th place, just behind New Zealand in 28th. Costa Rica tops the HPI table with a substantial lead – due to its very high life expectancy which is second highest in the Americas, and higher than the USA, experienced well-being higher than many richer...

Full article: http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/2012/06/14/measuring-wha...

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