United Kingdom

56

Happy planet index score.

14th out of 152 countries.
up 2 places from 2018.
81.3 years

Life expectancy.

27th out of 152 countries.

3.95 gha/p

Ecological footprint.

101st out of 152 countries.

7.16/10

Wellbeing.

14th out of 152 countries.

United Kingdom

The UK performs relatively strongly on wellbeing and life expectancy. But like other advanced economies, it is denied a place in the top 10 on its overall HPI score due to its high and unsustainable ecological footprint – 3.95 global hectares per capita. For reference, a sustainable footprint would be 1.56 global hectares per capita. If all countries matched the UK’s resource use, we would need almost 3 planets to maintain our consumption levels.

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP in the UK Parliament 

“The Happy Planet shows the UK is making progress in reducing its impact on the environment. But to create ‘sustainable wellbeing’ – wellbeing for all people today, and in the future, we must go further and faster with our action to tackle climate change – and invest only in those areas that will improve all of our lives. That means better quality, affordable and secure housing, our NHS, schools, and a fair and resilient local economy that puts people and local jobs first.”

$46,703

Gross domestic product

22nd out of 152 countries.

67,530.2m

Population

21st out of 152 countries.

a note on human rights

Human rights abuses are a problem in most of the world, including in some of the high-ranking countries in the Happy Planet Index results. While the Happy Planet Index may reflect some of the negative impacts of these abuses, it does not seek to directly measure this. For more information about human rights in this country, visit Amnesty International.

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