North Maluku Tops Indonesian Happiness Index
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.