North Maluku Tops In­done­sian Hap­pi­ness In­dex

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A na­tional sur­vey con­ducted by the Cen­tral Sta­tis­tics Agency (BPS) has found North Maluku res­i­dents are the hap­pi­est cit­i­zens in the coun­try, rank­ing 75.68 points on the in­dex.

Maluku ranks second at 73.77 and North Su­lawesi third with 73.69 on the in­dex as re­ported by Tempo.

Jakar­tans fell short at 71.33, while Pa­pua scored the low­est in In­done­sia at 67.52 points. Su­ma­tra is second low­est at 68.41 ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The in­dex is cre­ated by re­gion and takes into ac­count ed­u­ca­tion lev­els, work sat­is­fac­tion and jobs and in­come, BPS said. BPS’ Deputy for So­cial Sta­tis­tics M. Sairi ex­plained Jakarta’s low rank to Tempo.

“In the city, most are more suc­cess­ful in the per­sonal di­men­sion, per­sonal achieve­ments in ed­u­ca­tion, health and em­ploy­ment,” he said, while those liv­ing in re­gional ar­eas re­port greater sat­is­fac­tion.

Dif­fer­ing cul­tural val­ues ex­plains the di­ver­gence in the rank­ings, he said.

“In North Maluku, the most prom­i­nent vari­ables are so­cial re­la­tion­ships, mean­ing of life, they believe that they are more val­ued than oth­ers, so the mea­sure­ment is not al­ways gross do­mes­tic prod­uct.”

“In­done­sians are happy and it’s not based on rich­ness or poverty,” he told Tempo.

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