Nine out of 10 Swedes say they're happy

Dec. 22, 2010 at 1:54 AM

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Nine out of 10 people in Sweden say they are both content and happy, with good health the most important factor for personal well being, researchers say.

Bengt Brulde of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and Asa Nilsson of the SOM Institute found most Swedes say, after good health, the most important factors for well being are family, good friends, having a good and safe place to live and healthy personal finances.

The factors at the bottom of the list include religious faith, political commitment, looking good, an exciting life and wearing nice clothes.

The report shows contentment can vary considerably from one area of a person's life to another. For example, most people in Sweden are generally more content with family life than with their work/studies or finances.

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