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Here Are The Countries Where Young People Are Happiest















LAUREN F FRIEDMAN 


APR. 4, 2014, 12:09 PM








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Policies aimed at improving public health and well-being around the world often focus on infants and adults. But what about the people in the middle?



For the first time, The Youth Well-Being Index (PDF) — a joint effort by the International Youth Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Hilton Worldwide — tries to assess how teens are doing in 30 countries.







Note that these are not the top 30 countries in the world; these are just the countries that the researchers looked at. They include 7o% of the world's youth. Nigeria, for example, came in last, not 30th in the world.





To create the index, the researchers looked at 40 indicators to assess "citizen participation, economic opportunity, education, health, information and communications technology (ICT), and safety and security" among the world's youth (defined as people 12 to 24).





The well-being of this age group should matter to everyone. "Youth-inclusive societies are more likely to grow and prosper," the report said, "while the risks of exclusion include stunted growth, crime, and unrest."





Here's what the rankings look like (green is best, tan is middle, red is worst):








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There are a few surprises in the data. 



Vietnam is the only country in the top 15 classified as lower-middle income. 



The World Bank classifies countries as high income, upper-middle income, lower-middle income, and low income.








Russia is the only high-income country that's not in the top 10. 




In fact, one through nine are dominated by the nine-richest countries on the list — with the exception of Russia.






Additionally, even though high-income countries in general had lower rates of youth mortality, they had higher rates of youth stress and self-harm. High levels of stress, self-harm, and smoking dragged down the ranking of the U.S., for example.







To see a thorough description of the methodology and rankings, check out the report.











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