Society: Residents of the Grand Duchy are less emotional than three-quarters of the world’s population, a major public opinion pollster has found.
Luxembourg is the 113th least emotional nation in the world, according to a Gallup poll of 151 countries and territories released last week. The Grand Duchy placed between 112th placed Kuwait and 114th ranked Australia.
Gallup asked residents in each place “whether they experienced five positive and five negative emotions a lot the previous day” including “Did you feel well-rested yesterday?”, “Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?” and “Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?”.
Singapore was the “most emotionless society” worldwide, Gallup reported, meaning they “are the least likely in the world to report experiencing emotions of any kind on a daily basis.” Georgia, Lithuania, Russia and Madagascar followed Singapore in emotionlessness.
The Philippines was the “most emotional society” with 60% of residents responding “yes” to one of the ten emotional questions, followed by El Salvador, Bahrain, Oman and Colombia.
“Negative emotions are highest in the Middle East and North Africa,” the Gallup report said, while “Latin America leads the world when it comes to positive emotions.”
Italy (number 78), Germany (79), Sweden (93), the UK (94) and the Netherlands (97) were all found to be less exuberant places than Luxembourg, while Portugal (115), Belgium (129), France (131), the US (137) and Canada (144) were said to be more emotive.
Gallup, one of the world’s largest polling organisations, noted in its report that: “while higher incomes may improve people’s emotional wellbeing, they can only do so to a certain extent. In the United States, for example, Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman and Princeton economist Angus Deaton found that after individuals make $75,000 annually, additional income will have little meaningful effect on how they experience their lives.”