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HPI score
47.9
Ranked #41 of 151

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Experienced well-being
7.0
Ranked #19 of 151
Life expectancy
80.2
Ranked #20 of 151
Ecological Footprint
4.7
Ranked #121 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

The UK achieves a Happy Planet Index Score of 47.9 and ranks #41 of all the countries analysed.

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

Other statistics

GDP per capita ($PPP):
35,686 (just over three quarters of the USA's)
Population:
62.2 million (#22 of 151)
Land area (square km):
242 thousand (#73 of 151)
Population density (people per square km):
257 (#24 of 151)
Governance Ranking (WGI):
#17

The UK's experienced well-being score is 7.0 out of a possible 10.

This is lower than the average level of experienced well-being in the United States (7.16), but higher than that of Germany (6.72).

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.

The UK's life expectancy is 80.2 and ranks #20 among the 151 countries analysed.

This is below Japan, the country with highest life expectancy (83.4), but higher than the USA, which has a life expectancy of 78.5.

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.

The UK's Ecological Footprint is 4.71 global hectares per capita.

If everyone had the same Ecological Footprint as the average citizen of The UK:

  • the world's Ecological Footprint would be 1.7x larger
  • we would need to reduce our Ecological Footprints by a factor of 2.5 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.