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Located in the Eastern Mediterranean, with over a million residents, it’s the third most populous island in the Mediterranean Sea.Head here if you love good food, history (there’s evidence of human habitation of Cyprus dating back 10,000 years) and plenty of good weather. They’re content with their discontentment, and, in an odd but enlightening way, actually enjoy it. The first fado singers, or fadistas, were prostitutes and the wives of fishermen who may or may not return from sea. 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Another study in the same journal suggests sadness improves judgment. In Portugal, no one tells you to have a nice day. Britain came in joint seventh place with Sweden and Luxembourg with 10 per cent of 25 to 64-year-olds reporting to have depression. The average across all 25 ranked countries was 10 per cent and 6 per cent respectively. It is akin to nostalgia but, unlike nostalgia, one can feel saudade for something that’s never happened, and likely never will. Top 10 ranking of 25-64-year-olds who reported suffering from depression@ Country … A sign perhaps that Portugal’s love affair with “joyful sadness” is beginning to wane? The World Happiness Report is an annual survey by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations. He has happy days and sad days, he said, and he welcomes both equally. The OECD analysed data from European health interview survey results and other national surveys across the world. France has closed its border with the UK for 48 hours over concerns about the new coronavirus variant. The EU average score is bang on 7 out of 10. Saddest Country Songs. A girl of the same age living in Europe has a lifetime risk of 1 in 3,300," said Geeta Rao Gupta, ... To see the full list of saddest and happiest countries in the world, please click here. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. While the European Union and the international elites have thrown everything they can at Prime Minister Viktor Orban, it’s easy to see why he commands a strong following at home. Fado gave me permission to honour my shadow self. 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The rankings from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) place the UK in joint seventh place for adults reporting they have depression out of 25 countries from across Europe and Scandinavia. “I’m inviting you to share at the table of my sadness.” In Portugal, that’s a big table with room for everyone. “This is music where you give yourself. There's nothing slick about this sort of fado house. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Start your Independent Premium subscription today. She prepares for each performance with a minute of silence, a sort of prayer, “before giving myself”, she told me. The genre took root nearly two centuries ago in hardscrabble, working-class neighbourhoods of Lisbon. Fado means literally “destiny” or “fate”, and therein lays its sad beauty. The Wintershall Estate have adapted their traditional Nativity play to accommodate the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions and this year it takes the form of a walk through the estate set in the Surrey Hills. Country artists have recorded some of the most poignant tearjerkers of all time. On gloomy, rainy days, people recalled details (of objects they had seen in a shop) more vividly than on bright sunny days, according to Australian psychologist and lead author Joseph Forgas. The data also showed women are more likely to report the condition than men. The data revealed the percentage of depression sufferers in the UK was more than double that of people in Greece, Italy and Poland, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Much of it is due to the effects of violence and social inequality across the country. Even sad music has its benefits. It’s easy to assume that the Portuguese are masochists, but if you spend some time here, as I did recently, you quickly realize that the Portuguese have much to teach us about the hidden beauty, and joy, in sadness. 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What makes saudade tolerable, pleasant even, is that “it is a very sharable feeling,” Prata explained. This is an online quiz called Top 10 Saddest Countries. No one does sad music like the Portuguese. In other words, people on a first-name basis with suffering. Roseta represents a new generation of fado singers. Here are the 19 unhappiest countries in the world, according to the World Happiness Report, an annual survey that assesses the state of global wellbeing. It’s an ethos epitomized by the smiley face emoji, which is said to have been invented in the US in 1963, and empty expressions like “have a nice day”. 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You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Some fado singers have beautiful, angelic voices, he told me, while others do not. Poll of more than 12,000 workers from across UK shows people working in the public sector took on average nearly three days off sick in the last year because of their mental health, Swimmers prepare for dip in the Thames estuary at Chalkwell Beach near Southend On Sea in Essex, The MS Princess Seaways arrives at the mouth of the Tyne as the sun rises on the North East coast of England, The closed entrance to the Port of Dover. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. The most visited travel destination in this part of the world is France with its capital Paris as the best place of interest, followed by Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Yes, Portugal is a sad land, ranking 93rd of 157 countries (just behind Lebanon), according to the UN’s latest World Happiness Report. The polling firm spoke to 154,000 people in 145 different countries, asking them about how they were feeling that day. It does this, researchers Stefan Koelsch and Liila Taruffi believe, by enabling people to “regulate” negative moods. One study, published in 2008 in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, found that sadness improves our memory. Why paint a painting with only one colour?” By avoiding sadness at all costs, she said, we diminish ourselves. Today, fado is the soundtrack of life in Portugal. Saudade is a longing, an ache for a person or place or experience that once brought great pleasure. One evening, I dropped by one, a tiny place called Duque da Rua, tucked away in the city’s Chiado district. The average across all 25 ranked countries was 10 per cent and 6 per cent respectively. 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Europe has the highest, led by Monaco, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands, each with between 20 and 40 psychiatrists per 100,000 people. The event was held to raise money for the Age UK charity and involved participants from an open water swimming club, The sun sets behind the Palace of Westminster, the home of the Houses of Parliament in central London, The finishing touches are put to a 40ft Christmas Tree at Somerset House in London, A swimmer takes to the water at Serpentine Swimming Club after the second national lockdown ends in England. Cyprus, officially known as the ‘Republic of Cyprus‘ is a tiny island that packs in oodles of culture and history for a place its size. Yes, Portugal is a sad land, ranking 93rd of 157 countries (just behind Lebanon), according to the UN’s latest World Happiness Report. “There is actually lot of beauty in sadness.”. First place in the rankings was given to Iceland with 14 per cent of people reporting to have depression and Ireland, Germany and Turkey all coming in second place with 12 per cent. As an American, I’ve been inculcated with the importance of being happy – or at least pretending to be happy – at all costs. Top 10 ranking of 25-64-year-olds who reported suffering from depression@, Country Total percentage of the population. Out of the 178 listed countries, here's where our seven saddest rank: Russia: 80th, Turkey: 86th, Greece: 138th, Hungary: 141st, Estonia: 145th, Italy: 147th, and Portugal: 161st. 2011-08-22T23:30:00Z The letter F. An envelope. “You can have a bad voice and be a great fado singer,” he said, “because fado comes from the heart.”. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. In most countries, the men (and it’s almost always men) honoured in such places are macho generals. Adam Taylor. And the lowest are Bulgaria, Serbia and Cyprus. by Banksy in Totterdown, Bristol, Wollaton Hall in Nottingham which has been transformed into an enchanted light experience to create Christmas at Wollaton Hall, a unique, socially distanced festive outdoor light installation, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson adjusts his face mask as he meets European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels, Margaret Keenan, 90, is applauded by staff as she returns to her ward after becoming the first person to receive the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital in Coventry, Amanda McGurk (left) and Cara McCann outside Belfast City Hall after becoming the first couple in Belfast to convert their civil partnership into a marriage. Relief, because, for once, I felt no compunction to squelch or deny my sadness. This media cannot be played on your device. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture, Capital, Travel and Autos, delivered to your inbox every Friday. The figures from 2014, also saw the UK percentage as more than double other countries including Greece, Italy, Poland and the Slovak Republic and 2 per cent higher than the average of 8 per cent. This list of European countries by population comprises the 51 countries and 6 territories and dependencies in Europe, broadly defined, including Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and the countries of the Caucasus.. “You’re sad and you want to be sad,” he said. “You’re at the office and people are trying to cheer you up, and you say ‘Don’t make me cheerful. There is a printable worksheet available for download here so you can take the quiz with pen and paper.. It is untranslatable, every Portuguese person assured me, before proceeding to translate it. A few days later, in the seaside town of Estoril, 30km southwest of Lisbon, I met Cuca Roseta, a popular fado singer who is one of the few able to earn a living from her music. The world's angriest and saddest countries, ranked . While feeling blue isn't the only theme country music explores, it's certainly one the genre has mastered. The highest scoring countries are - unsurprisingly - Finland, Switzerland and Sweden. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Researchers from the Free University of Berlin surveyed 772 people around the world and found that sad music “can actually lead to beneficial emotional effects,” according to the study, published in the journal Plos One. Among British people the rates of depression range from 15 per cent for those who left school after sitting GCSEs, although they fall to 7 per cent of university-level educated adults. “You can even feel saudade for a chicken,” he said, “but it has to be the right chicken.”, At the heart of saudade lies a yawning sense of absence, of loss. In Portugal, it’s moody poets. About three million people are unemployed - 10.2% of the workforce. It has a reported prevalence of 3.8 percent, which is lower than that of many countries farther south. In Portugal, it’s moody poets. The most obvious social and economic evidence that something is amiss is unemployment. Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage. Compared with 2013, the share of happy people in the EU increased by over 2 percentage points (60%). For more epic reasons why you must visit Cy… Finland is the safest country in the world, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Report. This quiz has tags. 13/09/2018. The happiest and saddest countries in the European Union are revealed in time for the International Day of Happiness today. There are 44 countries in Europe today, according to the United Nations. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. This was the perfect person, I realized, to explain Portugal’s joyful sadness. In fact, a Portuguese chef has even started a line of chocolate called “Saudade”. Portugal’s “joyful sadness” is encapsulated in a single word: saudade. You hear it – and feel it – everywhere: on the radio, in concert halls and, most of all, in Lisbon’s several dozen fado houses. We must accept our fate, even if it’s cruel, especially if it’s cruel. Read on for the top 20 happiest countries in the world, as well as the 10 unhappiest places, the 10 happiest cities and the 10 unhappiest cities. You see it etched on people’s sombre expressions – this is no Thailand, known as the Land of Smiles – and even in the statues that occupy prime real estate in Lisbon’s public squares. Several studies suggest that the Portuguese are onto something. 15 Cheapest Countries to Study Medicine in English 15 Best Places to Travel in April in Europe, Asia and Tropical Destinations 15 Countries with … The participants experiencing negative emotions at the time were able to more accurately identify the deceptive suspects. The maps and graphs below show the latest data on road deaths across the European Union and other countries covered by ETSC’s Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme.. You can find full analysis and background data tables in the latest (2020) annual edition of the ETSC PIN report. Saudade, writes scholar Aubrey Bell in his book In Portugal, is “a vague and constant desire for something... other than the present.”, It is possible to feel saudade for anything, publisher Jose Prata told me over lunch one day at Lisbon’s bustling Cais do Sodre market. The first one is Brazil, it comes in second of the United States with 11.5 million depression cases. Sadness is an important part of life, she told me, adding that she can’t understand why anyone would avoid it. Naturally, it is bittersweet. In 2018, over 62% of people aged 16 and over in the European Union reported being happy all of the time (14%) or most of the time (48%) over the past four weeks, while 12% were rarely (8%) or never happy (2%). For Europeans and North Americans, the strongest emotion that sadness induced was nostalgia, while for Asians it was peacefulness. It ranks as the second-least miserable country in the world. by The Week team. No one particularly cares if you have a nice day, because chances are they’re not having a nice day either. Scott Barbour/Getty Images. The singers are mostly amateurs – people like Marco Henriques, who works as an agronomist by day and tends bar in the club in the evening to help make ends meet. No other language has a word quite like it. The World's Happiest (And Saddest) Countries These are the 20 most prosperous countries in the world, followed by the 20 least. List of poorest countries in Europe by their GDP per capita (PPP). The melody is just as melancholic as traditional fado, but the lyrics are subtly optimistic. Today is my pleasurable sadness day.’”. It’s a gift of your emotions and it’s very intimate.”. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. According to rankings in the 2011 Legatum Prosperity Index. View image of Portugal’s unique culture of melancholy is hard to miss (Credit: Credit: Sean Pavone/Alamy), View image of Even the statues in Lisbon’s public squares have melancholic expressions (Credit: Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Getty), View image of Largo de Camões is dedicated to one of Portugal’s greatest poets, who often wrote about saudade (Credit: Credit: Alberto Manuel Urosa Toledano/Getty), View image of Fado can be heard everywhere in Portugal, including Lisbon’s several dozen fado houses (Credit: Credit: age fotostock/Alamy), View image of A Lisbon sculpture in memory of famous Fado singer Amalia Rodrigues (Credit: Credit: S. Forster/Alamy). Women were more likely to report depression at 11 per cent compared to 8 per cent of men. One day, while sipping an espresso at the Largo de Camões public square in central Lisbon, I met Mariana Miranda, a clinical psychologist. Almost 50,000 readers voted in the 2018 Telegraph Travel Awards.. The most populous country in Europe is Russia. 12 Sep 2018. The Portuguese are content with their discontentment, and, in an odd but enlightening way, actually enjoy it. 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