The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Using Instagram as an unusual measuring gauge, the travel guide company Jetpac found that Costa Rica is the fifth happiest country in the world.

The countries that surpass Costa Rica: Brazil is in first place, Nicaragua in second, Colombia in third, and Bolivia is in fourth place.

The results are based on the analysis of over 150 million selfies in Instagram from over 6,000 cities worldwide.

To rank the countries, a “Smile score” was established, which is based on how much the people appear smiling in their selfies. The bigger the smile, the higher the score.

In fact, on a scale of 1 to 100 Brazil obtained 60.8 points and Nicaragua scored 59.4 points. Costa Rica scored 47.4 points.

The other five countries in the top ten are: Honduras, 47.2, Venezuela, 45.2, Philippines 44.8, Guatemala, 42.0, Mexico 40.1.

The five least happy countries, according to the study, are the Maldives (9.8 points), Vatican City (9.8), Kuwait (9.7), South Korea (9.5) and Japan (4.1).

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

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