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Spaniards are the happiest in Europe, the most pessimistic continent

Madrid / Spaniards top the list of happiness in the European Union, although with seven points less than in 2019, and they are the second in optimism -behind Finland- in Europe, the most pessimistic continent in the world, according to a Gallup International poll.

The “End of the year” World Hope index, in which Spain participates through Sigma Dos, has been carried out with interviews with 38,709 people, a thousand men and another women from each country between October and December 2020.

According to this survey, Spaniards are slightly more optimistic than the world average, which is 43%. Thus, 46% of Spaniards believe that 2021 will be better than 2020, compared to 29% who believe it will be worse and 23% who think it will be the same.

In Europe, optimists fall to 35%, with Italians leading the pessimism: only 13% believe that 2021 will be better, followed by Poles (15%) and Bulgarians (16%); at the opposite extreme are the Finns (57%).

Regarding happiness, 65% of Spaniards describe themselves as happy or very happy, compared to 7% who feel unhappy and 26% who say they don’t feel happy or unhappy. In 2019, 72% declared themselves happy.

In the European Union, the percentage of happy citizens falls to 50%.

Less than half (46%) of the world’s population believe that 2021 will be a year of economic hardship and only 25% believe that it will be a year of economic prosperity.

It is the citizens of the EU who are driving this pessimism: 61% believe that next year will be one of economic difficulties; on the other hand, the most optimistic are Indians and Africans (in both cases 56% of their citizens believe that 2021 will be a year of prosperity).

54% of the world’s population describe themselves as happy and only 14% say they are not. In the lead, Indian citizens (64% consider themselves happy), followed by Latin Americans (61%).

By country, the happiest of the 41 that have participated in the study is Kyrgyzstan, with 85% of happy citizens, followed by Ecuador, with 80%.

For Rosa Díaz, CEO of Sigma Dos, “expectations are linked to wishes and it is logical that after such a hard year, a majority of Spaniards not only think but need to believe that 2021 will be better”. (January 4, 2021, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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hay más personas optimistas en Italia que en Finlandia.
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los finlandeses son más pesimistas que los italianos.
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más de la mitad de la población mundial afirma que es feliz.
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solo un 10% de los ciudadanos de la UE piensa que habrá dificultades económicas en 2021.
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