Report: Armenia Much ‘Happier’ than Turkey, Azerbaijan, and US

YEREVAN (A.W.)—Armenia ranks 48th (out of 143 countries) in the New Economics Foundation’s 2009 installment of the Happy Planet Index (HPI), which measures “the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered around the world.” The HPI ranking of Armenia’s neighbors Georgia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan are 72, 83, and 85, respectively, while the U.S. fares even worse (114th).

According to the HPI website, the index is the first-ever “to combine environmental impact with well-being to measure the environmental efficiency with which country by country, people live long and happy lives… It shows the relative efficiency with which nations convert the planet’s natural resources into long and happy lives for their citizens. The nations that top the Index aren’t the happiest places in the world, but the nations that score well show that achieving long, happy lives without over-stretching the planet’s resources is possible.”

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  1. The half million Armenians living in LA evidently didn’t get the memo that they were happier in Armenia then then US.
    What a meaningless article…all because we came out ahead of a few countries we don’t like, on an index that has no relevance to the quality of life of people living in those  countries.

  2. If Armenians are so happy, then why does everyone tell me that Armenia “is not a country?” Maybe the people at the New Economics Foundation on a visit here had one too many shots of mulberry vodka which influenced them to make this assessment. It doesn’t correspond with reality. Even people who are doing well in the middle class are fed up.

  3. The Happiness Index must have polled Serzh, Dodi Gago, Hranoush and Sirusho. Then the Armenia results would make some sense.

  4. I am 100% behind Hayer and Hayastan, however this poll is BS.
    The majority of the country is in poverty, with lil opportunity, and people trying to leave whenever they can.
    Did they go to the out skirt villages to poll people, or only the well to do in Yerevan?

  5. hey..guys the ones that are telling you that Armenia’s not a country can’t be an Armenian..if he was that mean not anymore he must have forgotten being armenian..some people say that bcz they are not used to the way of life there..!!..2 days ago my neighbours came from Armenia after spending 1 week..they said:”” it was like a dream ..wonderland!! we wish it never can not imagine the beauty..we’re tired of visiting all the gorgeous pollution clean air…””..i said i wish i went with them..they photographed 300 photos :D what do you want more..
    plus don’t need to be poor to leave the country!!i live in lebanon we’re not living a poor life but if i had the opportunity to leave i won’t refuse ..not even think about it ..cheers..
    **meng kicheng payts ge menang misht hay**

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