According to a new study by The Happy Planet Index, a project of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Belize is the fourth happiest country in the world. The new HPI results show the extent to which 151 countries across the globe produce long, happy and sustainable lives for the people that live in them. Costa Rica was first, with Vietnam and Columbia in second and third.
The overall index scores rank countries based on their efficiency, how many long and happy lives each produces per unit of environmental output.
Each of the three component measures – life expectancy, experienced well-being and Ecological Footprint – is given a traffic-light score based on thresholds for good (green), middling (amber) and bad (red) performance. These scores are combined to an expanded six-colour traffic light for the overall HPI score, where, to achieve bright green – the best of the six colours, a country would have to perform well on all three individual components.
The scores for the HPI and the component measures can be viewed in map or table-form.