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18 Apr, 2014

Indonesia issues first “Happiness Index” – The Jakarta Post

For the first time in history, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) issued late on Wednesday a survey that measured the level of happiness among Indonesians. The timing of the survey, which was conducted last year, could not have come at a worse time, as unemployment was high and poverty soared following the subsidized fuel price hike.

Nonetheless, the outcome was somewhat surprising; Indonesians, in general, are indeed “happy”, according to the BPS. Indonesia scored 65.11 percent on a scale of 100 on the BPS’ “Happiness Index”, which measures happiness in relation to the growing level of equality in the country, according to BPS chairman Suryamin.

Read the rest: How happy are Indonesians, really? | The Jakarta Post.