Hong Kong is getting happier: UN index places the city 64th out of 156 countries2013.11.14
HONG KONG has climbed three places from 67th last year to become the 64th happiest place on Earth, according to the latest United Nations’ World Happiness Index.
156 countries were rated on a scale of zero to 10, with 10 being the happiest. Denmark (丹麥) tops the list with a score of 7.639. Togo (多哥) in West Africa (西非) is last with 2.936.
The index is based on six factors. They include freedom of choice, pollution, life expectancy,per capita income, social assistance and culture of generosity.
The United States came 17th, while Britain ended up at 22nd. Singapore (新加坡, 30th),Taiwan (台灣, 42nd) and Japan (日本, 43rd) are ahead of Hong Kong. The mainland is far behind in 93rd place, but has also climbed up from 112th a year ago.
Hong Kong Playground Association (香港遊樂場協會) chief development officer Wan Lap-man (溫立文) said although there has been some progress, many Hongkongers still feel under pressure.
Wan added that we received a higher ranking than before because of the low crime rate,improvement in working conditions and better livelihood protection.
Wan suggests Hong Kong people should try not to have such high expectations. Instead, theyshould enjoy life, treasure everything they have and see friends and family more often.