The Irish are Europe’s happiest people, according to a survey out Wednesday.
According to a Eurobarometer poll called “Fairness, inequality and inter-generational mobility,” 97 percent of Irish people who responded said they consider themselves to be happy, the highest percentage in the EU, where the average is 83 percent.
With only 59 percent of happy respondents, Romania is the lowest-ranked country.
The Irish also scored highest in the health category, with 92 percent perceiving themselves to be in good health. The EU average is 78 percent, although among Latvians the figure is just 14 percent.
The poll reveals that most Europeans think their lives are fair and they have equal opportunities. There is, however, a considerable disparity, with 81 percent of Danes saying they have equal opportunities, but just 18 percent of Greeks believing the same.
Fewer than half of respondents (46 percent) agree that the opportunities to get ahead in life are now more equal what they were 30 years ago.
The majority of Europeans surveyed (84 percent) said income differences are too great. In all countries except Denmark, more than 60 percent think that governments should take measures to reduce these differences.
The survey was conducted in December 2017. A total of 28,031 people were interviewed in 28 EU member countries.
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