Economy has biggest effect on happiness of Lithuanians – UN

DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

Lithuania ranks 42nd in the world on this metric and nearly a quarter of the feeling of happiness in the country can be put down to the performance of the economy, according to Swedbank chief economist Nerijus Mačiulis who has been analysing the UN statistics.

Lithuania is ranked in 60th place overall among 157 assessed countries in the recent United Nations World Happiness Report.

However, it is also important how happiness is distributed in the country – is there a big gap between the happiest and the unhappiest?

Mačiulis said on this indicator Lithuania is in 40th place in the world, ahead of neighbouring countries and only a few places behind the Germans, Austrians and French – this shows that even a relatively the relatively high income inequality in Lithuania does not create a very high level of happiness inequality among the population.

On three other important criteria in determining a country‘s happiness, Lithuania lags well behind – the freedom to control personal lives (135th place), corruption in government and business awareness (151th place) and generosity (156th place) said Mačiulis.

The UN found Lithuanians are happier than Latvians, Estonians and Hungarians, but still lag behind many richer European countries‘ populations.

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