Gross National Happiness: The happiest and saddest countries in the world

The Associated Press

Gallup Inc. asked roughly 1,000 people in each of 148 countries the following questions: Did you feel well-respected yesterday? Were you treated with respect all day yesterday? Did you laugh or smile a lot yesterday? Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday? Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about enjoyment?

Here are the 10 the countries where the highest percentage of people answered "yes" to all five questions, and the nine countries with the lowest percentages:


Panama, 85 per cent

Paraguay, 85 per cent

El Salvador, 84 per cent

Venezuela, 84 per cent

Trinidad and Tobago, 83 per cent

Thailand, 83 per cent

Guatemala, 82 per cent

Philippines, 82, per cent

Ecuador, 81 per cent

Costa Rica, 81 per cent


Singapore, 46 per cent

Armenia, 49 per cent

Iraq, 50 per cent

Georgia, 52 per cent

Yemen, 52 per cent

Serbia, 52 per cent

Belarus, 53 per cent

Lithuania, 54 per cent

Madagascar, 54 per cent


Source: Gallup Inc.,