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S. Korean children unhappiest among OECD countries: survey

All Headlines 14:17 May 04, 2011

SEOUL, May 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea ranked the lowest among the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries in terms of happiness felt by elementary, middle and high school students, a survey showed Wednesday.

The Institute for Social Development Studies of Yonsei University and the Korea Pang Jung-hwan Foundation polled 6,410 students from fourth to 12th grade from March to April this year and compared the results with the 2006 OECD data on 22 other member countries.

In the latest survey, the subjective happiness index of the South Korean students surveyed was 65.98 points, far below the OECD's 2006 average of 100 and Spain's 113.6, which topped the list. South Korea was also some 20 points behind the next closest country, Hungary, which stood at 22nd with 86.7 points in the 2006 poll.

South Korean children were found to be the most unhappiest in the two previous annual surveys by the same research institute with 64.3 points in 2009 and 65.1 in 2010.

On the other hand, South Korea ranked higher in other education-related sectors, particularly with the highest scores in the education category with 127.8 points and in the behavior and lifestyle section with 129.3.

The subjective happiness index is based on results obtained from survey questions on the subjective level of satisfaction in six categories, including self-rated health, sense of belonging, and satisfaction of life and school life.


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