Country Rankings on Environmental Well-being

Lively Surfing Beach in Guanacaste Province, Sámara, Costa Rica

Happy Planet Index is developed by New Economics Foundation (NEF) which measures how well countries across the world are utilizing its environmental resources to lead a long and happy life.

The index used covers the following 4 elements:

    Well-being - How satisfied the residents of each country say they feel with life overall, on a scale from zero to ten, based on data collected as part of the Gallup World Poll;

    Life expectancy - The average number of years a person born today is expected to live in each country based on data collected by the United Nations;

    Inequality of outcomes - The inequalities between people within a country, in terms of how long they live, and how happy they feel, based on the distribution in each country’s life expectancy and wellbeing data; and

    Ecological footprint - The average impact that each resident of a country places on the natural environment, based on data prepared by the Global Footprint Network.

The report shows that Costa Rica (44.7) obtained the highest HPI score for its commitment to environmental sustainability. Completing the top 5 are Mexico (40.7), Colombia (40.7), Vanuatu (40.6), and Vietnam (40.3).

At the bottom of the list are Mongolia (14.3), Benin (13.4), Togo (13.2), Luxembourg (13.2), and Chad (12.8).

2016 Happy Planet Index


Rank CountryHappy Planet Index
1Costa Rica44.7
2Mexico40.7
3Colombia40.7
4Vanuatu40.6
5Vietnam40.3
6Panama39.5
7Nicaragua38.7
8Bangladesh38.4
9Thailand37.3
10Ecuador37
11Jamaica36.9
12Norway36.8
13Albania36.8
14Uruguay36.1
15Spain36
16Indonesia35.7
17El Salvador35.6
18Netherlands35.3
19Argentina35.2
20Philippines35
21Peru34.6
22Palestine34.5
23Brazil34.3
24Switzerland34.3
25Tajikistan34.2
26Guatemala34.2
27Belize33.8
28Sri Lanka33.8
29Venezuela33.6
30Algeria33.3
31Kyrgyzstan33.1
32Denmark32.7
33Morocco32.7
34United Kingdom31.9
35Chile31.7
36Pakistan31.5
37Finland31.3
38New Zealand31.3
39Iceland31.1
40Georgia31.1
41Cyprus30.7
42Nepal30.5
43Austria30.5
44France30.4
45Dominican Republic30.3
46Malaysia30.3
47Croatia30.2
48Ireland30
49Germany29.8
50India29.2
51Uzbekistan29.1
52Serbia29
53Malta29
54Israel28.8
55Romania28.8
56Bhutan28.6
57Haiti28.6
58Japan28.3
59Slovakia28.2
60Italy28.1
61Sweden28
62Poland27.5
63Mauritius27.4
64Czech Republic27.3
65Honduras27.2
66Ethiopia26.7
67Iraq26.5
68Turkey26.4
69Hungary26.4
70Ukraine26.4
71Tunisia26.2
72China25.7
73Armenia25.7
74Cambodia25.6
75Suriname25.4
76Bosnia and Herzegovina25.3
77Zambia25.2
78Montenegro25.1
79Portugal24.8
80South Korea24.8
81Myanmar24.7
82Slovenia24.6
83Kenya24.2
84Iran24
85Canada23.9
86Egypt23.8
87Belgium23.7
88Mozambique23.7
89Greece23.6
90North Macedonia23.4
91Paraguay23.3
92Bolivia23.3
93Comoros23.1
94Yemen22.8
95Nigeria22.2
96Liberia22.2
97Tanzania22.1
98Malawi22.1
99Zimbabwe22.1
100Lebanon21.9
101Senegal21.9
102Belarus21.7
103Namibia21.6
104Ghana21.4
105Australia21.2
106Oman21.1
107Lithuania21
108United States of America20.7
109Bulgaria20.4
110Afghanistan20.2
111Rwanda19.6
112Uganda19.4
113Syria19.1
114Kazakhstan19.1
115Republic of the Congo18.8
116Russia18.7
117Mauritania18
118Estonia17.9
119Burkina Faso17.9
120Gabon17.5
121Latvia17.1
122Niger16.8
123Hong Kong16.8
124Cameroon16.7
125Lesotho16.7
126Botswana16.6
127Djibouti16.4
128South Africa15.9
129Guinea15.9
130Trinidad and Tobago15.7
131Burundi15.6
132Eswatini15.5
133Sierra Leone15.3
134Turkmenistan14.6
135Côte d'Ivoire14.4
136Mongolia14.3
137Benin13.4
138Togo13.2
139Luxembourg13.2
140Chad12.8

 

Source: New Economics Foundation
Full report: 2016 Happy Planet Index