Research carried out by a Dutch sociologist has reportedly named Ireland as the fourth happiest place in the world in which to live.
Reports this morning said Ireland was tied in fourth place with Iceland in the World Database of Happiness drawn up by Professor Ruut Veenhoven of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
Denmark, Malta and Switzerland, who were all tied for first place, were the only countries ranked as being happier places than Ireland.
This morning’s reports said the findings were based on surveys conducted in 112 countries between 1946 and 2004, but the reports did not reveal what factors were used to determine happiness levels.
However, Prof Veenhoven was quoted as saying that happy countries tended to be rich, well-governed and democratic countries with a lot of freedom and tolerance.