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Forbes: "Happiest countries" in world

2010-07-19 03:37:35 GMT2010-07-19 11:37:35 (Beijing Time)  Forbes

No. 1 in Europe: Denmark

No. 1 in Americas: Costa Rica

No. 1 in Africa: Malawi

No. 1 in Asia: New Zealand

Last week, Forbes.com unveiled a ranking of the world's "happiest countries" based on a survey of the research institute Gallup World Poll.

Researchers polled thousands of respondents in 155 countries between 2005 and 2009.

The study also found evidence of what many have long suspected: money does buy happiness -- at least a certain kind of it.

Following are the top threes "happiest countries" from the four continents:

Europe

No. 1: Denmark

No. 2: Finland

No. 3: Norway

Americas

No. 1: Costa Rica

No. 2: Canada

No. 3: Panama

Africa

No. 1: Malawi

No. 2: Libya

No. 3: Botswana

Asia

No. 1: New Zealand

No. 2: Israel

No. 3: Australia

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