To continue from previous post on World Happiness Report, today I’m looking into happiness disparities among regions.
According to the survey, world’s happiest country in 2016 was Denmark and the unhappiest country was Burundi.
When we go up the scale of happiness, countries in these regions stand out: North America, Western Europe, ANZ.
And we see happier countries tend to be better off on social-economic metrics too. The measures themselves made me curious, as they almost seems to be individual-focused, as we don’t see country-level metrics like political stability.
Distribution of happiness score
- North and South America appear to be most happy on average, followed by Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East
- Africa and Middle East has a high outlier: Isreal
- Latin America and Carribeans has a low outlier: Haiti
Relation between happiness and its drivers
To understand how individual drivers relate to happiness score, we model linear trend line of each country and label some of the outliers by region
We can observe corruption and generosity have weaker correlation with happiness compared to other factors.
Clustering countries by socialeconomic factors
Next we can do k-means clustering on countries’ socialeconomic factors.
Cluster 1 contain Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa, cluster 2 are Latin America, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe, cluster 3 contain Western Europe and the affluent part of Middle East and Asia, cluster 4 contains moreLatin American and Caribbean as well as Central Europe, cluster 5 contains more European countries and cluster 6 are mostly African countries.