Spaniards Are Happiest People in Europe, Italians Most Pessimistic

A RECENT poll by Gallup International has revealed that Spaniards are Europe’s happiest people while Italians are the most pessimistic group on the continent.

Spaniards once again topped the list of Gallup’s happiness survey in Europe, with 65% of those polled describing themselves as happy. Only 7% of Spain said they were unhappy, while 26% described themselves as being neither happy nor unhappy. This marks a 7% decline in Spanish happiness since 2019 when almost 3 quarters of the population described themselves as happy.

Meanwhile, Europe is the most pessimistic continent on Earth, with only 46% of EU citizens anticipating 2021 to be better than this year and 29% believing it will be worse. Italians top the continent for pessimism, with only 13% holding hope that things will improve in the New Year. Overall, half of all Europeans said they were happy, 46% said that 2021 would bring economic difficulty, and just 25% believed that we can look forward to economic prosperity next year. Finland is the most optimistic country in Europe, at 57%.

Indians (64%) and Latin Americans (61%) are the happiest people on Earth, while 54% of the world’s population said they are happy.


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Oisin Sweeney

Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...

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