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Iceland happiest country in Europe

According to the European Happy Planet Index, Iceland is the country most fit to provide its citizens with a long and happy life. Estonia placed at the bottom of the 30-nation survey, while the UK ranked no. 21.

The survey, published by the New Economics Foundation and Friends of the Earth, concluded that European citizens are less happy now than they were 40 years ago. It used indicators like carbon efficiency, life satisfaction and life expectancy to determine the results, as reported by Guardian Unlimited.

“Countries like Iceland clearly show that happiness doesn’t have to cost the earth,” said Nic Marks, founder of the foundation’s Centre for Well-Being. “Iceland’s combination of strong social policies and extensive use of renewable energy demonstrates that living within our environmental means doesn’t mean sacrificing human well-being.”

According to Guardian Unlimited, Iceland has its own sustainable energy source via the volcanic geology and the Icelandic government commits more resources to health than any other country in Europe.

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