The Sound Kitchen

The 2021 United Nations Happiness Report

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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the countries whose citizens are the happiest. There’s the Sound Kitchen mailbag, listener news, and music chosen by The Sound Kitchen’s producing engineer, Erwan Rome. All that, and the new quiz question too! Just click on the “Audio” arrow above and enjoy!

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This week’s quiz: On 27 March, I asked you a question about the 2021 World Happiness Report, which had just been published. The World Happiness Report is an annual report produced by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and it ranks 149 countries based on gross domestic product per person, healthy life expectancy, and the opinions of residents.

Surveys ask respondents to indicate on a 1-10 scale how much social support they feel they have if something goes wrong, their freedom to make their own life choices, their sense of how corrupt their society is, and how generous they are.

Due to the pandemic, the surveys for this year's World Happiness Report were done in less than 100 countries, instead of the usual 149.

I asked you to write in and tell me the names of those top-ranking 10 countries.

The answer is: Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, New Zealand, and Austria.

The winners are:  Shahzad Shabbir, the president of the Pak France RFI International Listeners Club in Lahore, Pakistan, and RFI Listeners Club members Jean-Maurice Devault from Montreal, Canada; Shaira Hosen Mo from Kishoreganj, Bangladesh, and Warie Porbeni, the founder and principal coordinator of the Radio Zeater Club who lives in Barcelona, Spain. Last but not least on the list of winners this week, RFI English listener Sunny Bharti Kaga from Rajasthan, India.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s programme: “Rose Room” by Art Hickman, played by Opa Tsupa; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and “Spain” by Chick Corea, performed by Chick Corea and the Return to Forever Band.

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This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 24 May to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 29 May podcast. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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english.service@rfi.fr

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Susan Owensby

RFI – The Sound Kitchen

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92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux

France

or

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