Monday, November 20, 2006


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Young people in developing nations are at least twice as likely to feel happy about their lives than their richer counterparts, according to a new MTVI survey.

The MTVNI survey took six months to complete and resulted in the Wellbeing Index which compared the feelings of young people, based on their perceptions of how they feel about safety, where they fit into society and how they see their future.

Young people from Argentina and South Africa came joint top in the list of how happy they were at 75 percent. Indians were the most happy of all developed countries and the Japanese were the most miserable.

The overall Wellbeing Index was more mixed between rich and poor. India came top followed by Sweden and Brazil came last.

Developed countries were particularly pessimistic about globalization, with 95 percent of young Germans thinking it is ruining their culture, while developing countries which tended to be more receptive to globalization were also more optimistic about their economic future and more proud of their nationality.

In the UK, more than 80 percent of 16- to 34-year-olds said they were as afraid of terrorism as they were of the getting cancer -- though the latter was far more likely to hurt them.

The 14 countries included in the survey were Argentina, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden, the UK and the U.S - there were no responses from Canadians.

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