Asia: Happiness and Life Satisfaction Score

When people in selected countries in Asia (Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philipines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Vietnam) asked about the feeling of happiness, with the given categorical answers: very happy, quite happy, not very happy and not at all happy, the result as below obtained:

48.6% of Vietnamese interviewed said that they were very happy, in contrast with only 9.6% of Korean said so. High percentage of people in Saudi Arabia and Philipines said they were vey happy too, 44.3% and 38.3% respectively. If the number of “very happy” and “quite happy” combined together, overall all the selected Asia countries are seeing over 70% of the people said that they are happy.

Next, as for life satsifaction, a score run from 1 to 10, for 1 being extremely dissatisfied and 10 being extremely satisfied, the mean score of the selected countries is shown as graph below:

In Saudi Arabia, people are quite satisfied with their lives. On average, they gave 7.28 score out of 10. This is followed by Singaporean (7.13) and Indonesian (6.96). So, may be affluence or wealth do not really have its role in life satisfaction? Another example shown here is that people in wealthy countries like Japan and Korea actually gave lower life satisfaction score compared to Vietnam or China.  

Source: World Values Survey


  1. zewt said,

    May 11, 2007 at 10:42 am

    yes, too bad malaysia is not in the list… they might just find out malaysians are more kiasu than singaporean…. everything also not satisfied.

  2. mich said,

    May 11, 2007 at 11:48 am

    Well, if you are just interested in the happiness or life satisfaction score, this website here could be helpful (and it is free!):

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