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On Twitter, Germany the Happiest Country While Sweden the Saddest

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If Twitter is anything to go by, Germany’s the happiest country in the world while Sweden is the saddest.

Alex Davies, a PhD candidate at Cambridge, scoured the Twitterverse for ‘happy’ and ‘sad’ words and in a web app, mapped them to their country of origin to determine the happiness index of the respective nations.

Davies found German users of the micro-blog to post more frequently words like “Feliz” (“happy”) and “Liebe” (“love”) than users from other countries. Fellow European nation the Netherlands followed Germany in second place, while Mexico and the US placed third and fourth respectively.


Users in Sweden, on the other hand, were found to post words like “Sad” and “Pain” more often than other countries surveyed by Davies.

[via Alex Davies]
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