Panama Tops Global Country Well-Being Rankings

June 25th, 2015
in News, econ_news, syndication

EconintersectGallup and Healthways have published their findings about well-being for 145 countries from their 2014 surveys.  The report, 2014 Country Well-Being Rankings, indicates that well-being is highest in the western hemisphere (the Americas) and lowest in Sub-Sarahan Africa as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index.   Six of the top ten ranked countries are in Central America and the Carribean:  Panama (1), Costa Rica (2), Puerto Rico (3), Belize (5), Guatemala (8) and Mexico (10).  Three of the top ten are in Europe:  Switzerland (4), Denmark (7) and Austria (9).  Chile (6) rounds out the top ten.


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The Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index is constructed based on yes/no answers to two survey questions in each of five well-being categories:


  • You like what you do every day.
  • You learn or do something interesting every day.


  • Someone in your life always encourages you to be healthy.
  • Your friends and family give you positive energy every day.


  • You have enough money to do everything you want to do.
  • In the last seven days, you have worried about money.


  • The city or area where you live is a perfect place for you.
  • In the last 12 months, you have received recognition for helping to improve the city or area where you live.


  • In the last seven days, you have felt active and productive every day.
  • Your physical health is near-perfect.

The global results have been displayed on a map:

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The top ten and bottom ten of the 145 countries surveyed:

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Click on the report cover page below to access the complete report.

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