The Southeast Asian country has placed second on the 2012 Happy Planet Index (HPI) rankings that rate nations based on life expectancy, happiness and environmental sustainability.
Youths join in a Countdown Party in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on 2010 New year's Eve, Photo: Tuoi Tre
According to the New Economics Foundation (NEF), who compiles the Index every three years, Vietnam overally scored 60.4 just behind Costa Rica who topped the list with a score of 64.
The ranking this year marked a rise for Vietnam compared to previous years. It ranked 12th and 5th in 2006 and in 2009, respectively.
Besides Vietnam, the rest of countries in the top 10 are from America including Belize, El Salvador, Jamaica, Panama, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Guatemala.
The US lowly ranked 105th on the index.
The lowest-ranked countries are Qatar (25.2), Chad (24.7), and Botswana (22.6).
NFF is a London-based NGO that was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) with the aim of working for a new model of wealth creation, based on equality, diversity and economic stability.
Source: Tuoi Tre
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