Costa Rica is the top Latin American country on the 2021 World Happiness Report list.
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With an all-star cast, a production budget of $350,0000 and promotion to the tune of $500,000, "The Happiest Place in the World" is arguably the most ambitious Costa Rican production of all time.
The 1,285 Costa Ricans between 15 and 75 years old surveyed said that they were most pleased with ecological diversity (92 percent), health (89 percent) and education (80 percent).
Costa Rica outscored countries like Switzerland (4), Chile (6) and Denmark (7). Latin America scored well in the rankings, holding six of the top 10 spots.
Costa Rica maintained its spot as the 12th "happiest" country in the world, according to the 2015 World Happiness Report. Above average happiness is a trend across Latin America — despite the region's high levels of violence and poverty.
I have seen aspects of Costa Rica that are unflattering, exasperating, and downright infuriating, but there is an unruffled approach to life that does seem rather mysterious, and that I think has gradually worked its way into my bones over the years. What’s in the water?
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