It’s an ethos epitomized by the smiley face emoji, which is said to have been invented in the US in 1963, and empty expressions like “have a nice day”. The happiest and saddest countries in the European Union are revealed in time for the International Day of Happiness today. The figures from 2014, also saw the UK percentage as more than double other countries including Greece, Italy, Poland and the Slovak Republic and 2 per cent higher than the average of 8 per cent. Listening to the music, I felt an odd combination of melancholy and relief. Interestingly, the positive benefits of sad music were experienced differently among different cultures. In most countries, the men (and it’s almost always men) honoured in such places are macho generals. You hear it – and feel it – everywhere: on the radio, in concert halls and, most of all, in Lisbon’s several dozen fado houses. At the heart of saudade lies a yawning sense of absence, of loss. First place in the rankings was given to Iceland with 14 per cent of people reporting to have depression and Ireland, Germany and Turkey all coming in second place with 12 per cent. by Banksy in Totterdown, Bristol, Wollaton Hall in Nottingham which has been transformed into an enchanted light experience to create Christmas at Wollaton Hall, a unique, socially distanced festive outdoor light installation, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson adjusts his face mask as he meets European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels, Margaret Keenan, 90, is applauded by staff as she returns to her ward after becoming the first person to receive the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital in Coventry, Amanda McGurk (left) and Cara McCann outside Belfast City Hall after becoming the first couple in Belfast to convert their civil partnership into a marriage. Scott Barbour/Getty Images. 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It’s a gift of your emotions and it’s very intimate.”. Compared with 2013, the share of happy people in the EU increased by over 2 percentage points (60%). According to rankings in the 2011 Legatum Prosperity Index. The World's Happiest (And Saddest) Countries These are the 20 most prosperous countries in the world, followed by the 20 least. Researchers from the Free University of Berlin surveyed 772 people around the world and found that sad music “can actually lead to beneficial emotional effects,” according to the study, published in the journal Plos One. In 2018, over 62% of people aged 16 and over in the European Union reported being happy all of the time (14%) or most of the time (48%) over the past four weeks, while 12% were rarely (8%) or never happy (2%). Poll of more than 12,000 workers from across UK shows people working in the public sector took on average nearly three days off sick in the last year because of their mental health, Swimmers prepare for dip in the Thames estuary at Chalkwell Beach near Southend On Sea in Essex, The MS Princess Seaways arrives at the mouth of the Tyne as the sun rises on the North East coast of England, The closed entrance to the Port of Dover. Top 10 ranking of 25-64-year-olds who reported suffering from depression@, Country Total percentage of the population. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. While feeling blue isn't the only theme country music explores, it's certainly one the genre has mastered. 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It does this, researchers Stefan Koelsch and Liila Taruffi believe, by enabling people to “regulate” negative moods. The data revealed the percentage of depression sufferers in the UK was more than double that of people in Greece, Italy and Poland, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. This media cannot be played on your device. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. The participants experiencing negative emotions at the time were able to more accurately identify the deceptive suspects. Among British people the rates of depression range from 15 per cent for those who left school after sitting GCSEs, although they fall to 7 per cent of university-level educated adults. The data also showed women are more likely to report the condition than men. Sadness is an important part of life, she told me, adding that she can’t understand why anyone would avoid it. As an American, I’ve been inculcated with the importance of being happy – or at least pretending to be happy – at all costs. Roseta represents a new generation of fado singers. No one does sad music like the Portuguese. “I want to feel everything in every possible way. Another day, I met a genial police inspector name Romeu, a friend of a friend. Why paint a painting with only one colour?” By avoiding sadness at all costs, she said, we diminish ourselves. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. This list of European countries by population comprises the 51 countries and 6 territories and dependencies in Europe, broadly defined, including Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and the countries of the Caucasus.. 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Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. They’re content with their discontentment, and, in an odd but enlightening way, actually enjoy it. Please check the list before adding your favourite(s) to the bottom. The Wintershall Estate have adapted their traditional Nativity play to accommodate the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions and this year it takes the form of a walk through the estate set in the Surrey Hills. For Europeans and North Americans, the strongest emotion that sadness induced was nostalgia, while for Asians it was peacefulness. The full list is shown in the table below, with current population and subregion (based on the United Nations official statistics). Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Freight lorries cannot cross by sea or through the Eurotunnel and the Port of Dover has closed to outbound traffic, Police officers at Euston Station, London, with more being deployed to enforce travel rules at London’s stations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference in response to the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease pandemic, inside 10 Downing Street, London. “You can even feel saudade for a chicken,” he said, “but it has to be the right chicken.”, At the heart of saudade lies a yawning sense of absence, of loss. This quiz has tags. What makes saudade tolerable, pleasant even, is that “it is a very sharable feeling,” Prata explained. 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To see the full list of saddest and happiest countries in the world, please click here. About this Quiz. The singers are mostly amateurs – people like Marco Henriques, who works as an agronomist by day and tends bar in the club in the evening to help make ends meet. (2006-2018)Subscribe? It is untranslatable, every Portuguese person assured me, before proceeding to translate it. The polling firm spoke to 154,000 people in 145 different countries, asking them about how they were feeling that day. The most populous country in Europe is Russia. Sad music also fires the imagination and evokes “a wide range of complex and partially positive emotions,” they concluded. Some fado singers have beautiful, angelic voices, he told me, while others do not. “You can have a bad voice and be a great fado singer,” he said, “because fado comes from the heart.”. The melody is just as melancholic as traditional fado, but the lyrics are subtly optimistic. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. A few days later, in the seaside town of Estoril, 30km southwest of Lisbon, I met Cuca Roseta, a popular fado singer who is one of the few able to earn a living from her music. 2011-08-22T23:30:00Z The letter F. An envelope. Saudade, writes scholar Aubrey Bell in his book In Portugal, is “a vague and constant desire for something... other than the present.”, It is possible to feel saudade for anything, publisher Jose Prata told me over lunch one day at Lisbon’s bustling Cais do Sodre market. Out of the 178 listed countries, here's where our seven saddest rank: Russia: 80th, Turkey: 86th, Greece: 138th, Hungary: 141st, Estonia: 145th, Italy: 147th, and Portugal: 161st. Among Most Depressed Countries in the World ... Europe has the highest, led by Monaco, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands, each with between 20 and 40 psychiatrists per 100,000 people. “You’re at the office and people are trying to cheer you up, and you say ‘Don’t make me cheerful. No other language has a word quite like it. Yes, Portugal is a sad land, ranking 93rd of 157 countries (just behind Lebanon), according to the UN’s latest World Happiness Report. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.” These Are The Most Miserable Countries In Europe. About three million people are unemployed - 10.2% of the workforce. The average across all 25 ranked countries was 10 per cent and 6 per cent respectively. Venezuela holds the inglorious title of the most miserable country in the world in 2019, as it did in 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015. Much of it is due to the effects of violence and social inequality across the country. The World Happiness Report is an annual survey by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations. View image of Portugal’s unique culture of melancholy is hard to miss (Credit: Credit: Sean Pavone/Alamy), View image of Even the statues in Lisbon’s public squares have melancholic expressions (Credit: Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Getty), View image of Largo de Camões is dedicated to one of Portugal’s greatest poets, who often wrote about saudade (Credit: Credit: Alberto Manuel Urosa Toledano/Getty), View image of Fado can be heard everywhere in Portugal, including Lisbon’s several dozen fado houses (Credit: Credit: age fotostock/Alamy), View image of A Lisbon sculpture in memory of famous Fado singer Amalia Rodrigues (Credit: Credit: S. Forster/Alamy). 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