Sweden and Iceland have the highest quality of life out of European countries, a study found.
University of Valencia researchers in Spain created the Happiness Index (HAIN) and found that Scandinavia boasts two countries that are the best places to live, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday. The researchers studied 13 European countries based on the attributes of development, freedom, solidarity, justice, and peace on a scale of zero to one. The report’s evidence was based on data from the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Eurostat. (RELATED: NYT Gets Around To Reporting On Sweden’s Immigrant Crime Problem, Leaves Out A Few Key Details)
“At the moment, happiness indexes are based on questionnaires that a certain sample of the population answer,” said professor Joan Micó, part of the HAIN study. Migration also played a factor in determining the results of the study. (RELATED: CBS Says Down Syndrome Is Disappearing In Iceland, But Here’s What’s Really Happening)
HAIN’s findings are similar to the United Nations’ 2018 World Happiness Report. The study was composed of 156 countries. Scandinavia also fared well in the U.N.’s overall report with Finland coming in first place, Norway in second place, followed by Denmark and Iceland.
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