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Well-being Arithmetic mean of individual responses to the Ladder of Life question in the Gallup World Poll. Latest data for each country as at February 2012. Life Expectancy 2011 data taken from UNDP Human Development Report 2011 Footprint 2008 data taken from Global Footprint Network for 142 countries. nef estimates for 9 countries (see report appendix for further details). Population 2010 data sourced from World Bank World Development Indicators Governance Rank of the simple average of all six World Governance Indicators countries based on latest data available for each on 02 June 2012. GDP per capita Taken from World Bank World Development Indicators 2010 ($PPP Current prices). For Bahrain, Iran, Libya, Djibouti and Qatar, Cuba, Kuwait and Zimbabwe 2010 data were not available, so the most upto date WDI data available were used.

For further information about the data sources and calculation methodology, please see the Appendix of the report.

Please cite as follows:

Abdallah S, Michaelson J, Shah S, Stoll L, Marks N (2012) The Happy Planet Index: 2012 Report. A global index of sustainable well-being (nef: London)

centre for well-being new economics foundation 3 Jonathan Street, London, SE11 5NH  t: 020 7820 6300 e:


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