Following the thoughts on the happiness map, which countries became happier in the past decade? And which countries didn’t? The happiness records over the past 10 years uncover the answer to these questions. Continue exploring the World Happiness Report 2015 from the United Nations Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN)!
This interactive slopegraph shows the ranking of the happiness scores for two periods: 2005 to 2007 and 2012 to 2014. The slopes from the left column to the right column illustrate the trends of happiness scores for each country. Move the mouse to highlight a country.
Nicaragua made the top of the “became happier” countries over the past decade, followed by Zimbabwe and Ecuador (red). Nicaragua’s economic boost is likely earning people’s happiness in the country, although it remains Latin America’s least developed country (the World Bank).
The strongest decline in happiness was in Greece, followed by Egypt and Italy (blue). Despite the beautiful beaches in Greece, the poor economy in recent years appeared to have decreased happiness.
At the end of the day, it looks like a stable economy is a key to happiness…?