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Happiness index in Russia and the world 2011-2019

The happiness index, calculated as the difference between shares of happy and unhappy people in a country, reached 24 points in Russia in 2019, down from 50 points two years ago. The index sharply increased between 2013 and 2014, which could be explained by the annexation of Crimea, portrayed as the rise of Russia's importance in the international arena. In 2019, the score returned to the level recorded in 2013.

Possible reasons of the population's unhappiness could be domestic problems resulting in protests as well as the retirement age hike. The sources of greatest happiness of Russians in 2019 were their children and relationships. A personal financial situation brought the highest level of happiness to 47 percent of urban and educated residents.

Happiness index in Russia compared to the world from 2011 to 2019*

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

2011 to 2019***

Number of respondents

1,500 respondents**

Supplementary notes

* The index is calculated as the difference between positive and negative answers. In Russia, 42 percent of respondents stated they were happy, and 18 percent stated they were unhappy.

** Number of respondents across all regions of Russia. Worldwide, 45,000 respodents from 46 countries were surveyed.
*** The latest survey was conducted from November to December 2019. No data were provided for 2018 because the study was not conducted in that year.

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