Costa Rica once again positions itself as the happiest country in Latin America


QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica has once again positioned itself as the happiest country in Latin America, in the global ranking of the World Happiness Report, published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The country has been placed in 23rd place in the world for this 2022, thus falling seven positions, since in the previous report it remained in position number 16.

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The sociologist of the Universidad Latina (Ulatina), Jorge Rodríguez, explained the reasons why the country fell back into the list of the happiest countries.

Rodríguez detailed which variables influence people’s happiness.

The ranking measures per capita income, health and life expectancy, freedom, generosity and social support and is released as part of the Happiness Day celebrated on March 20.

“The World Happiness Report 2022, released on March 18, reveals bright light in dark times. The pandemic has brought not only pain and suffering, but also increased social support and caring. As we battle the evils of disease and war, it is essential to remember the universal desire for happiness and the ability of individuals to rally together in times of great need,” reads the foreword to the report.

In a list of 146 nations that takes data from the last three years into account, Finland is the happiest country in the world for the fifth year.

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Costa Rica is 23rd overall (compared to 16th place the previous year).

In Latin America, Costa Rica leads, followed by Uruguay (30th), Panama (37th), Brazil (38th), Guatemala (39th), Chile (44th), Nicaragua (45th), Mexico (46th), El Salvador (49th). ), Honduras (55th), Argentina (57th), Colombia (66th), Bolivia (71st), Paraguay (73rd), Peru (74th), Ecuador (76th) and Venezuela (108th)

The World Happiness Report is based on people’s assessment of their happiness, as well as economic and social data.

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