Nepali children more 'happy' than children from European countries
Feb 21, Kathmandu: Children in Nepal happier and satisfied than children in European countries, a study has revealed. English children are among the unhappiest in the world.
According to a study conducted by the University of York in the U.K, Children in the UK are less happy than those in Romania, Poland and Algeria.
A survey of 8 to 12 year olds by researchers at the University asked questions to around 30,000 children from 15 countries with varying economies and lifestyle.
The study titled ‘Children’s view on their lives and well-being in 15 countries’ surveyed children from six districts in two development regions. A total of 2953 children were surveyed, which included 975 eight-year- olds, 983 ten-year-olds, and 995 ten-year-olds from Nepal.
More than 57 percent of Nepalese children surveyed said they had a very high well-being, compared with just 39.5 percent in South Korea and 53.4 percent in the U.K.
Young people in England are ranked nearly bottom of an international happiness table, coming 13th of 16 countries.
The study, which interviewed 17,000 eight-year-olds across four continents, reveals kids in England are less happy than their counterparts in Estonia, Poland and Turkey. Only South Korea, Nepal and Ethiopia ranked lower.
English children came 11th when describing how safe they felt at home, but 15th – one but last – for feeling they have a quiet place in their home to study, according to the study.
The study also revealed that children in northern European countries are particularly dissatisfied with their appearance and self-confidence. Children's well-being decreases between the ages of 10 and 12 in many European countries and in South Korea.
In terms of living arrangements, well over half (61 percent) of children in Nepal lived in a household consisting of parent(s) and grandparent(s), whereas in the United Kingdom, Norway and Israel, less than 10 percent of children did.
Children in Poland, Norway and Israel spent the most time playing sports and exercising. In some countries (Algeria, Nepal and South Africa, among others), children spent more time caring for siblings and other family members than in other countries (such as Germany, Turkey and South Korea).
There are widely varying levels of knowledge about children's rights. 77 percent of children in Norway said that they knew about the rights of children, compared with 36 percent in England, the study said.
The Oslo Times