Austria is the happiest country in the 27-member European Union (EU), according to new data from Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU.
Austria scored 7.9 out of 10 in Eurostat's latest annual Quality of Life indicator, which is based on surveys conducted in all EU member states.
Poland, Finland, and Romania came in second place, with a combined score of 7.7 out of 10, while at the other end of the scale Bulgaria scored the lowest, being the only country to score less than six points (5.6) on this indicator of satisfaction with life.
Italy, Spain, and France, the EU's three largest economies, are at the 7.1 level.
But Germany was ranked as one of the unhappiest countries in Europe, with 6.5 points, surpassing only Bulgaria. In the previous year's indicators, it had scored 7.1 points.
According to this survey, factors such as education level, family, and financial stability have influenced the respondents' overall satisfaction with life.