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Georgia ranks 72nd in the list of happiest countries in the world2009-07-07 10:55
New Economics private foundation (Great Britain) has published annual Happy Planet Index 2009.gt-en-newsitem-inside
It's the second time the foundation established in 1986 by anti-globalist NGOs has made its rating public. The first publication was presented in 2006.
The authors have determined the happiest world countries according to three factors: life expectancy, life satisfaction and the state of environment. 143 countries from all over the world have been scored.
The authors place Costa Rica at the top of HPI in 2009, then goes the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
Developed countries had much lower positions mostly due to the negative effect of industry on ecology.
Thus it's the Netherlands to come first among the Western countries ranking 43rd. Israel has the 63rd position. Great Britain is 74th with Germany (51), Italy (69) and France (71) ahead. The USA are even lower with the 114th position.
Ex Soviet republics reveal interesting results: Moldavia is 32nd, Tajikistan - 34th, Uzbekistan - 45th, Armenia - 48th, Kyrgyzstan - 61st. Georgia is 72nd in the list, Day.az reports. Russia holds 108th position.
Because of short lifespan African countries are at the bottom of the list - Botswana (141), Tanzania (142), Zimbabwe (143).