Happy Planet Index

The Happy Planet Index (HPI ) is an index that attempts to form a measure of the ecological efficiency of the production of satisfaction. These values ​​for life satisfaction, life expectancy and ecological footprint are combined. The Happy Planet Index was published by the New Economics Foundation in collaboration with Friends of the Earth UK in July 2006. In contrast to established economic indices such as gross domestic product ( GDP) or the Human Development Index (HDI ) refers to the Happy Planet Index ( HPI), the criterion of sustainability with.

Put simply, the number of expected " happy life years " is ( in English " Happy Life Expectancy " ), so the average life expectancy multiplied by the life satisfaction, which in turn is a combination of subjectively assessed values ​​and objectively collected facts, divided by the Ecological Footprint. So if a country like the U.S., is far behind countries such as Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh, this does not mean that the Americans would be unhappy than Kirghiz or Bangladeshis or even have a shorter life expectancy than this. The United States is on the contrary on the Happy Life Expectancy Index to 10th ( well ahead of the countries mentioned ), but consumed to produce this high life happiness above average number of resources.

Happy Planet Index European countries in 2012

Data Sources: Happy Planet Index