Happiness, Hope, Economic Optimism

  • Hope, Happiness, Economy, 2016

Gallup International Association opinion poll in 66 countries across the globe

December 2016

Global Data Findings

68% of the world said that they feel happy about their lives, an increase from 66% last year; 22% are neither happy nor unhappy, and 9% feel unhappy about their lives

Net happiness (happy minus unhappy) globally is +59%; an increase from +56% last year

Fiji and China are the happiest countries of the world (+89% and +80% net happiness respectively), followed by Philippines, Vietnam, Panama, Indonesia and Paraguay while Iraq is the least happy for the third year in a row (less than +1% net happiness)

42% of the world is optimistic about the economic outlook for 2017; 22% are pessimistic and 31% believe the economy will remain the same. Net economic optimism is at +20%

The most optimistic countries about economic prosperity in 2017 are Ghana (+68% net optimistic) and Bangladesh (+67% net optimistic). In contrast, South Korea, Hong Kong and Greece are the most pessimistic (-62%, -56% and -53% respectively)


The End of Year Survey is an annual tradition initiated by and designed under the chairmanship of Dr. George Gallup in 1977. It is conducted every year since then. This year it was carried out by the Gallup International Association in 66 countries around the world.

A total of 66541 people were interviewed globally. In each country a representative sample of around 1000 men and women was interviewed either face to face (25 countries; n=29211), via telephone (13 countries; n=10754), online (25 countries; n=23947) or through mixed methods (3 countries; n=2629). The field work was conducted during October-December 2016. The margin of error for the survey is between +/-3-5% at 95% confidence level.