Budapest, September 13 (MTI) – Women, small-town residents and 30-50-year-olds are among the happiest social groups in Hungary, according to the country’s newly-released happiness map compiled by the Eötvös Lóránd University’s Positive Psychology Laboratory.
The happiness map was the first study in Hungary that compared differences in people’s satisfaction with their lives across regions. The study analysed the link between happiness levels and age, marital status and educational attainment level.
People with families and people with higher education degrees living in western Hungary were also among the country’s happiest groups, as were those who are effective in managing stressful situations.
The unhappiest counties in Hungary were Nógrád, Heves and Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén counties in the north and northeast and Somogy in the southwest.
The study suggested that 12.3 percent of Hungary’s population stands on the highest level of mental health, a ratio which in Europe is only lower in Bulgaria, Slovakia, Russia, Portugal and Ukraine.
The study was commissioned by the Jobb Veled a Világ (The World Is Better With You) Foundation.