Iceland, Sweden, Norway rank top in European Happy Planet IndexJuly 16, 2007 at 6:44 pm | Posted in Carbon efficiency, Climate change, Economics, Iceland, New Economics Foundation, Norway, Sweden, Well-being | 3 Comments
Iceland is the leader in a league table judging the European country best able to give citizens a long and happy life. Estonia comes bottom of the 30-nation survey while the UK lurks below Romania, at number 21 in the chart.The European Happy Planet Index used carbon efficiency, life satisfaction and life expectancy to rate the countries.
Here are the articles for you, Siri:
and the Friends of the Earth (FoE) press release UK 21st in European league of carbon efficiency and well-being has links to the New Economics Foundation (nef) PDF from which I quote:
nef’s Happy Planet Index (HPI) is a measure of the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered. In an age of climate change, it gives a better picture of the true health and wealth of nations. Using new data this report reveals that Europe is less carbon efficient now than it was 40 years ago at delivering human well-being in terms of relatively happy, long lives to its citizens. The Index explores why some European countries produce well-being at a much higher cost than others. Strikingly, the research reveals that people are just as likely to lead satisfied lives whether their levels of consumption are very low or high. This means there is huge potential to reduce environmentally damaging consumption, and that good lives don’t have to cost the earth.