Joy to the world

Who are the happiest people in the world? According to a 2005 survey of 30,000 people in 30 countries, the Aussies are the happiest of the lot. And while financial security was found to be linked to happiness, it doesn’t account for everything. The study also shows that health, family and an interesting job are also important in making people smile.

Happiest countries

1. Australia

2. United States

3. Egypt

4. India

5. UK/Canada

6. Mexico

7. Sweden

8. Brazil

9. Saudi Arabia

Least happy countries

1. Hungary

2. Russia

3. Turkey

4. South Africa

5. Poland

6. Philippines

7. Japan

8. Taiwan

9. France

10. Hong Kong