Venezuela holds the inglorious title of the most miserable country in the world in 2019, as it did in 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? 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Europe's 20 best countries, according to you. “I’m inviting you to share at the table of my sadness.” In Portugal, that’s a big table with room for everyone. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Europe's largest country is Russia (37% of total continent area), and the smallest one is Vatican City, which occupies only a tiny territory in the center of Rome. I sure hope not. He has happy days and sad days, he said, and he welcomes both equally. The EU average score is bang on 7 out of 10. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. The polling firm spoke to 154,000 people in 145 different countries, asking them about how they were feeling that day. For Europeans and North Americans, the strongest emotion that sadness induced was nostalgia, while for Asians it was peacefulness. The World Happiness Report is an annual survey by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations. Among British people the rates of depression range from 15 per cent for those who left school after sitting GCSEs, although they fall to 7 per cent of university-level educated adults. In fact, a Portuguese chef has even started a line of chocolate called “Saudade”. Located in the Eastern Mediterranean, with over a million residents, it’s the third most populous island in the Mediterranean Sea.Head here if you love good food, history (there’s evidence of human habitation of Cyprus dating back 10,000 years) and plenty of good weather. And the lowest are Bulgaria, Serbia and Cyprus. by The Week team. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Ten fattest countries in Europe New study shows UK has third-highest level of obesity among European nations. Top 10 ranking of 25-64-year-olds who reported suffering from depression@ Country … One evening, I dropped by one, a tiny place called Duque da Rua, tucked away in the city’s Chiado district. A sign perhaps that Portugal’s love affair with “joyful sadness” is beginning to wane? Here are the 19 unhappiest countries in the world, according to the World Happiness Report, an annual survey that assesses the state of global wellbeing. What makes saudade tolerable, pleasant even, is that “it is a very sharable feeling,” Prata explained. Britain came in joint seventh place with Sweden and Luxembourg with 10 per cent of 25 to 64-year-olds reporting to have depression. This was the perfect person, I realized, to explain Portugal’s joyful sadness. 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This list of European countries by population comprises the 51 countries and 6 territories and dependencies in Europe, broadly defined, including Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and the countries of the Caucasus.. 15 Cheapest Countries to Study Medicine in English 15 Best Places to Travel in April in Europe, Asia and Tropical Destinations 15 Countries with … On gloomy, rainy days, people recalled details (of objects they had seen in a shop) more vividly than on bright sunny days, according to Australian psychologist and lead author Joseph Forgas. Roseta represents a new generation of fado singers. About this Quiz. “You’re sad and you want to be sad,” he said. It looks at the state of global happiness in 156 countries, ranking countries based on six variables: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity One study, published in 2008 in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, found that sadness improves our memory. If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter, called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”. Finland is the safest country in the world, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Report. A girl of the same age living in Europe has a lifetime risk of 1 in 3,300," said Geeta Rao Gupta, ... To see the full list of saddest and happiest countries in the world, please click here. It is akin to nostalgia but, unlike nostalgia, one can feel saudade for something that’s never happened, and likely never will. March 4 -- On “Single Best Chart,” Bloomberg’s Brendan Greeley examines countries with the saddest ranking on the 2015 misery index. In 2018, over 62% of people aged 16 and over in the European Union reported being happy all of the time (14%) or most of the time (48%) over the past four weeks, while 12% were rarely (8%) or never happy (2%). The most obvious social and economic evidence that something is amiss is unemployment. The highest scoring countries are - unsurprisingly - Finland, Switzerland and Sweden. The participants experiencing negative emotions at the time were able to more accurately identify the deceptive suspects. There is a printable worksheet available for download here so you can take the quiz with pen and paper.. Naturally, it is bittersweet. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Today, fado is the soundtrack of life in Portugal. If you ask a Portuguese person how they’re doing, the most enthusiastic reply you can expect is mais ou menos (so so). Adam Taylor. Researchers from the Free University of Berlin surveyed 772 people around the world and found that sad music “can actually lead to beneficial emotional effects,” according to the study, published in the journal Plos One. Saudade is a longing, an ache for a person or place or experience that once brought great pleasure. The happiest and saddest countries in the European Union are revealed in time for the International Day of Happiness today. The first one is Brazil, it comes in second of the United States with 11.5 million depression cases. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. “You’re at the office and people are trying to cheer you up, and you say ‘Don’t make me cheerful. It’s a gift of your emotions and it’s very intimate.”. While feeling blue isn't the only theme country music explores, it's certainly one the genre has mastered. The full list is shown in the table below, with current population and subregion (based on the United Nations official statistics). Of course France is not a sad country, but they have huge problems. No one particularly cares if you have a nice day, because chances are they’re not having a nice day either. About three million people are unemployed - 10.2% of the workforce. Almost 50,000 readers voted in the 2018 Telegraph Travel Awards.. The maps and graphs below show the latest data on road deaths across the European Union and other countries covered by ETSC’s Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme.. You can find full analysis and background data tables in the latest (2020) annual edition of the ETSC PIN report. Yes, Portugal is a sad land, ranking 93rd of 157 countries (just behind Lebanon), according to the UN’s latest World Happiness Report. Listening to the music, I felt an odd combination of melancholy and relief. France has closed its border with the UK for 48 hours over concerns about the new coronavirus variant. Yes, Portugal is a sad land, ranking 93rd of 157 countries (just behind Lebanon), according to the UN’s latest World Happiness Report. It’s an ethos epitomized by the smiley face emoji, which is said to have been invented in the US in 1963, and empty expressions like “have a nice day”. Cyprus, officially known as the ‘Republic of Cyprus‘ is a tiny island that packs in oodles of culture and history for a place its size. An image of a chain link. You see it etched on people’s sombre expressions – this is no Thailand, known as the Land of Smiles – and even in the statues that occupy prime real estate in Lisbon’s public squares. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. “There is actually lot of beauty in sadness.”. 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First place in the rankings was given to Iceland with 14 per cent of people reporting to have depression and Ireland, Germany and Turkey all coming in second place with 12 per cent. 40 Saddest Country Songs of All Time Cry, Cry, Cry: From George Jones to Brad Paisley, the biggest weepers ever Poll of more than 12,000 workers from across UK shows people working in the public sector took on average nearly three days off sick in the last year because of their mental health, Swimmers prepare for dip in the Thames estuary at Chalkwell Beach near Southend On Sea in Essex, The MS Princess Seaways arrives at the mouth of the Tyne as the sun rises on the North East coast of England, The closed entrance to the Port of Dover. Europe is one of the most developed continents of the world but with the land area of 10,400,000 square kilometers, it happens to be the second smallest continent in the world. Relief, because, for once, I felt no compunction to squelch or deny my sadness. In Portugal, it’s moody poets. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. “You can have a bad voice and be a great fado singer,” he said, “because fado comes from the heart.”. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture, Capital, Travel and Autos, delivered to your inbox every Friday. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. A few days later, in the seaside town of Estoril, 30km southwest of Lisbon, I met Cuca Roseta, a popular fado singer who is one of the few able to earn a living from her music. In Portugal, no one tells you to have a nice day. Some fado singers have beautiful, angelic voices, he told me, while others do not. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? The most populous country in Europe is Russia. Fado gave me permission to honour my shadow self. The rankings from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) place the UK in joint seventh place for adults reporting they have depression out of 25 countries from across Europe and Scandinavia. While the European Union and the international elites have thrown everything they can at Prime Minister Viktor Orban, it’s easy to see why he commands a strong following at home. There's nothing slick about this sort of fado house. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Another study in the same journal suggests sadness improves judgment. We have picked three of the unhappiest, most depressing and saddest countries in the world from their list. 13/09/2018. Country artists have recorded some of the most poignant tearjerkers of all time. Another day, I met a genial police inspector name Romeu, a friend of a friend. 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Portugal’s culture of melancholy is hard to miss. At the heart of saudade lies a yawning sense of absence, of loss. Country music has developed a reputation as the designated genre for sad songs. The genre took root nearly two centuries ago in hardscrabble, working-class neighbourhoods of Lisbon. As an American, I’ve been inculcated with the importance of being happy – or at least pretending to be happy – at all costs. Participants were asked to watch videotaped statements of people accused of theft and figure out who was lying. It has a reported prevalence of 3.8 percent, which is lower than that of many countries farther south. Why paint a painting with only one colour?” By avoiding sadness at all costs, she said, we diminish ourselves. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. https://ec.europa.eu/.../general-overview/single-administrative-document-sad_en (2006-2018)Subscribe? The singers are mostly amateurs – people like Marco Henriques, who works as an agronomist by day and tends bar in the club in the evening to help make ends meet. It is untranslatable, every Portuguese person assured me, before proceeding to translate it. Click on the tags below to find other quizzes on the same subject. 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In other words, people on a first-name basis with suffering. In fact, when confronted with an unhappy Portuguese person, he explained, the worst thing you can do is try to cheer him up. Sadness is an important part of life, she told me, adding that she can’t understand why anyone would avoid it. It indicates the ability to send an email. In particular, fado music is melancholy set to a melody. It does this, researchers Stefan Koelsch and Liila Taruffi believe, by enabling people to “regulate” negative moods. No one does sad music like the Portuguese. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. This media cannot be played on your device. Not included in this total of "countries" and listed separately are: Among Most Depressed Countries in the World ... Europe has the highest, led by Monaco, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands, each with between 20 and 40 psychiatrists per 100,000 people. The Wintershall Estate have adapted their traditional Nativity play to accommodate the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions and this year it takes the form of a walk through the estate set in the Surrey Hills. The data also showed women are more likely to report the condition than men. No other language has a word quite like it. Sad music also fires the imagination and evokes “a wide range of complex and partially positive emotions,” they concluded. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. The average across all 25 ranked countries was 10 per cent and 6 per cent respectively. 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