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HPI score
Ranked #102 of 151

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Experienced well-being
Ranked #60 of 151
Life expectancy
Ranked #2 of 151
Ecological Footprint
Ranked #135 of 151

Key: Happy Planet Index

All three components good
Two components good, one middling
One component good, two middling
Three components middling
Any with one component poor
Two components poor, or "blood red" footprint

Key: Experienced well-being

More than 6.2
Between 4.8 and 6.2
Less than 4.8

Key: Life expectancy

More than 75
Between 60 and 75
Less than 60

Key: Ecological Footprint

Less than 1.78 (the world's biocapacity)
Between 1.78 and 3.56
Between 3.56 and 7.12
More than 7.12

Hong Kong achieves a Happy Planet Index Score of 37.5 and ranks #102 of all the countries analysed.

Hong Kong's HPI score reflects a very high life expectancy, 'middling' levels of experienced well-being, and a very high ecological footprint.

Other statistics

GDP per capita ($PPP):
46,502 (just under the USA's)
7.1 million (#96 of 151)
Land area (square km):
1.0 thousand (#148 of 151)
Population density (people per square km):
6,783 (#2 of 151)
Governance Ranking (WGI):

Hong Kong's experienced well-being score is 5.6 out of a possible 10.

While this is higher than the world average level of experienced well-being (5.28), it is very low given Hong Kong's very high life expectancy and high GDP per capita.

The data for experienced well-being draws on responses to the ladder of life question in the Gallup World Poll, which was asked to samples of around 1000 individuals aged 15 or over in each of the countries included in the Happy Planet Index.

Hong Kong's life expectancy is 82.8 and ranks #2 among the 151 countries analysed.

This is very high, just below Japan (82.8), the country with the highest life expectancy of all of those analysed.

The life expectancy figure for each country was taken from the 2011 UNDP Human Development Report and reflects the number of years an infant born in that country could expect to live if prevailing patterns of age-specific mortality rates at the time of birth in the country stay the same throughout the infant’s life.

Hong Kong's Ecological Footprint is 5.81 global hectares per capita.

If everyone had the same Ecological Footprint as the average citizen of Hong Kong:

  • the world's Ecological Footprint would double
  • we would need to reduce our Ecological Footprints by a factor of 3.2 in order to stay within sustainable environmental limits

Ecological Footprint is a metric of human demand on nature, used widely by NGOs, the UN and several national governments. It measures the amount of land required to sustain a country’s consumption patterns.

For a majority of the countries (142 of the 151), Ecological Footprint data were obtained from the 2011 Edition of Global Footprint Network National Footprints Accounts. For the nine other countries included (Belize, Comoros, Djibouti, Guyana, Hong Kong, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, and Palestine), Ecological Footprint figures were estimated using predictive econometric models.