Infographics: Happiness Index Around the World

happiness around the world


A data visualization beautifully compiled by, which specializes in assisting people moving overseas. And here are the findings:

1. Latin America may be plagued with violence (especially drug wars, gun battles between gangsters and security forces, and many nefarious things else to describe), but surprisingly, majority of the people are living a happy life (exception for Bolivia and Uruguay, which, in recent years, have pretty low rates of violent crime).

2. US and Russia score very low on happiness. US is still dealing with some remaining effects of the 2008 depression, and is now getting torn in reignited racial division, while Russia has seen its economy significantly crumble due to sanctions imposed by Western countries in regard to the Ukrainian crisis which is still ongoing (and also high depression rates with a rapid decline in population).

3. The Latin American model can’t always be replicated in Africa. Most of the African countries, with the exception of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Madagascar, are still struggling to cope with sporadic violence, ethnic riots, and sectarian crises dividing the nations, despite high economic growth in recent years (Ebola is not as sporadic as those above)

4. Surprisingly, Syrians and Iraqis remain ‘happy’. I’m not sure what the researchers in Movehub do that define their happiness as real ‘happy’, but what I can assume from this point is that in wars, everyone suffers, and everyone does the very hard to become ‘happy’. Perhaps that can be an explanation.

5. Where are South Korea and Taiwan? The results are somewhat unclear, but in the case of Korea, it is very well-known that this country has the world’s highest suicide rate, given the country’s somewhat unforgiving competition in most aspects. Singapore, another Asian tiger, also faces the same thing.

What else can you observe from the visualization? Share your thoughts.


Source: Business Insider (Singapore)


Infographics: rich countries and minorities discriminated against

OECD - rich countries and minorities discriminated against (Quartz)


African-Americans living in US have been a ‘poster child’ for discrimination towards ethnic minorities in developed countries. They are not alone. The latest report by OECD, visualized by Quartz, offers you that this does not simply apply in US. If you are a Turk living in Belgium and applying even for a decent job, good luck; if you are a Nigerian in Austria, good luck; if you are a Surinamese in Netherlands, good luck. Employers who do not wake up and start to change their paradigm about these people, good luck as well for the potential social tumults that follow.

Source: Quartz

Infographic: military superpowers throughout history

military superpower in history


This chart was compiled after periods of rigorous research by Martin Vargic. Some concerns, however, remain: while both German Empire and NAZI Germany dispatched millions of able-bodied men into the warfare, it would be better to include British Empire and France as well in both World War I and II, as the numbers recruited by these countries, and their overseas colonies across the world back then, surpassed six digits, nearly similar to that of Germany.

Source: SPLOID

Infographic: Common Mythconceptions

common mythconceptions


As many as 52 debunked myths are included in this interactive picture. To make it more symbolic, do please memorize each of these facts every week – memorize until it becomes tattooed in your brain – as one year consists of the similar number of weeks. Hope this changes our perspectives (though there are still very likely people who will stick to their conspiratorial mindsets).

Click the picture for wholly full version.


Source: Information Is Beautiful

Infographic: what each country fears the most, other than Ebola

world's biggest fear

Those results are based from the newly released 2014 Pew Global Attitudes project about countries’ greatest fears, given the recent headlines about Ebola, Islamic State, income inequality, or climate change.

Read more about the report in Pew Global Attitudes website.

 greatest danger (dots)

Infographics: United Against Islamic State

strange bedfellows


They are enemies, they are archrivals, and they have conflicting ideologies against each other. The web as you see above looks particularly very intricate, given each country’s animosity towards each other. Nonetheless, one thing has put everything aside for a while: the rise of Islamic State (ISIS), a ‘pseudo, outdated, and rather anarchic Islamic hegemony’ which seeks a 7th-century-style governance amid the times of 21st century (a biting impediment towards Type 1 civilization). These countries all have one thing in common: its establishment is a dangerous precedent, and it should be eliminated. Indeed, it is just a start. Strange bedfellows will soon find themselves working together, uneasily united in an unexpected vantage point of history.

Check the graphics in Wall Street Journal to find out more about each of the links (with different colors) above.


Infographic: wealthiest Americans by state

Movoto - Wealthiest Americans by State


One question: is wealth gap in United States becoming increasingly high? The answer is one obvious yes. When you look at some states (see Washington, New York, or Kansas, or any place where someone named ‘Walton’ and ‘Koch’ lives), you realize how increasingly huge that inequality is. But, again, as a consequence of capitalism, such phenomenon is inevitable. What can we learn from this infographic? Firstly, American government is not doing enough to address this social issue (unfortunately they have been faced with way too many self-interested lobbyists). Secondly, some of these billionaires are in manifold much richer than dozens of Third World countries (Bill Gates or Warren Buffett may have bought some fanciful little countries, if they would like to). But, this can be a double-edged sword toward us: America, despite all its inherent problems, remains a huge land of opportunity, where people from all backgrounds can succeed (if they work hard and have enough luck for their lifetime). The other America, though, is when there are not enough efforts made to empower the impoverished with sufficient skills, somehow. We’ll just hope that gap narrows a bit.

Source: Movoto



Infographic: China is the secret winner in 2014 World Cup

world cup scmp infographic


Even before the World Cup commenced, China had secretly, through its intense investment in the stadiums, rail links, electricity, construction, and even the souvenirs – something by which even Brazil’s largest corporations might struggle to fund them all by themselves, become the invincible winner in the world’s most prestigious football competition.

Source: South China Morning Post

Infographic: Indonesia’s presidential election

indonesia election


Unlike past presidential elections, this time appears very intense, and highly politically active. With only two candidates facing off each other, and with percentage differences now at a low margin, this proves a new test for the country’s maturing, yet still highly vulnerable, hard-won democracy. Many negative issues resurface throughout public discussion, in particular any potential disruption to national stability as the country’s electoral commission will announce its results within two weeks.

Nonetheless, let’s keep praying for a safe and conducive Indonesia to thrive in the next five years, and in the long future to come.


Source: Al Jazeera