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Happy Danes

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Please note that this lecture is on Tuesday not Monday

Who and where are the happiest people in Europe? Traditional stereotypes suggested that southern Europeans, who hail from the warmer Mediterranean regions, are far happier and more satisfied with life than their northern European counterparts.

However, a cursory glance at data drawn from the latest waves of the European Social Survey, World Value Survey among others, suggests that the map of well-being across Europe displays the converse of this conventional image with certain places and people, such as the Scandinavians and Denmark being ‘happier’ than others.

These findings beg the question what actually determines well-being? What factors, besides location and climate affect an individual’s state of happiness and life satisfaction? This was the aim of the research, to understand not only which factors play a significant role in determining individual well-being, but also whether we can compare an intrinsically subjective measure such as happiness or life satisfaction across different countries, cultures and people.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) series.

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