25 March 2014 by

Presenting The Happiest Countries In The World According To Instagram

Have you ever thought your life would be, like, *so* much easier if you lived the sort of beachy, carefree lifestyle you've always dreamed of? Does it feel like you're always the one curled up in bed listening to the rain while everyone else posts their gorgeous Instagram happy shots? Well fear not, as it's totally normal to feel a little FOMO when confronted with all the #happy #YOLO #wishyouwerehere hashtags.

Thankfully, though, these were all things that the team at Jetpac ignored when they set about identifying the happiest countries on Instagram. Instead, they analysed some 150 million publically available photos, identifying faces and smiles and measuring the width and curvature of each smile to find out who is happiest.

The upshot? Well, it won't come as a surprise that the, er, sunniest countries are sunniest. Brazil, Nicaragua, Colombia and Bolivia all fared well, while the UK came in at a dismal 62nd. Check out our gallery of the top five happiest countries in the world. And let's all smile a bit more maybe. At least for social media eh?

The top 20 in full

1. Brazil 60.8
2. Nicaragua 59.4
3. Colombia 49.8
4. Bolivia 48.1
5. Costa Rica 47.4
6. Honduras 47.2
7. Venezuela 45.2
8. Philippines 44.8
9. Guatemala 42.0
10. Mexico 40.1
11. Macedonia 40.1
12. Kazakhstan 39.6
13. Panama 39.4
14. El Salvador 36.2
15. Ecuador 35.3
16. Moldova 34.1
17. Netherlands Antilles 34.1
18. South Africa 33.6
19. Romania 33.4
20. Chile 33.4


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