How happy are citizens around the world? The answer lies in the eighth World Happiness Report, a document that assessed the issue between 2017 and 2019 in 153 countries and which was shared on World Happiness Day, this Friday. Portugal is in 59th position, in a list of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network led by Finland, thus climbing seven places in relation to the report released last year.
In a year in which the document focuses mainly on the social, urban and natural environment, the report guarantees that only Finns are the happiest, after this "achievement" has already happened in the documents published in 2018 and 2019. In the top three Denmark and Sweden are also included, with Afghanistan being the least happy country of the 153.
The Portuguese are in the first half of the happiest, especially thanks to the perception of the country's Gross Domestic Product and the social support granted to them. However, their opinion about the corruption in Portugal is a factor that does not contribute significantly to their happiness. Best positioned are France, Spain and Italy in the 23, 28 and 30 positions, respectively.
The 2020 edition of the report also contains, for the first time, the assessment of the subject's well-being in cities. Unsurprisingly, Helsinki, the capital of Finland, the happiest. Lisbon is at 101. position between 183 places.
Globally, the report presents some conclusions, with one suggesting that people looking to live in rural areas will be more likely to feel happier. Even so, regardless of whether they live in the city or outside, those who live in a social context marked by integration, trust and empathy are more likely to be happier.
"In these cases, there is greater resilience, since shared trust reduces the burden of difficulties and, consequently, the inequality of well-being", explains John Helliwell, a member of the team that developed the report.