And the World's Least Emotional Country Is...
...Singapore, according to Gallup
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2012 12:12 PM CST
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(Newser) – When it comes to "emotionless societies," Singapore takes the cake. This according to Gallup, which has polled residents in 150 countries since 2009 in a quest to gauge how emotional each country is. It went about doing so by asking a series of yes-and-no questions designed to suss out whether a person had experienced positive or negative emotions (sample: "Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?"). More "yes" answers translated into a more emotional country. In the case of Singapore, only 36% reported feeling emotions of any kind. The world leader in feeling emotions? The Philippines, which had a 60% emotional rating.

The Washington Post analyzed the data by creating a color-coded map of the results, with Max Fisher calling the results "as fascinating as they are indecipherable." Among his conclusions:

  • Post-Soviet countries are far from emotional: Aside from Singapore, Madagascar, and Nepal, the top 10 least emotional countries was comprised of ex-Soviet Union countries.
  • On the flipside, the Americas dominate: The only countries in the top 15 most emotional countries not from North or South America are the Philippines, Oman, and Bahrain.
  • There are odd anomalies: Haiti is far more emotionless than its neighbors; the reverse is true for Angola.
Gallup also looked at the positive/negative breakdown: Panama, Paraguay, and Venezuela lead in positive emotions, while Iraq, Bahrain, and the Palestinian Territories were at the bottom of the list.

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Dec 1, 2012 1:57 PM CST
Interesting.... This survey seems to lack more depth or perhaps this article does.
Dec 1, 2012 9:18 AM CST
Surveys are very fallible.For one,how does the surveyor know he is receiving true responses?Personally, I would give wrong answers on purpose because I don't like surveys and would suspect that I'm being covertly questioned by the CIA, or perhaps some criminal trying to learn identity facts about me.That sounds paranoid,but...think about it.
Dec 1, 2012 8:48 AM CST
I was born and lived in Singapore for the first 26 years of my life before moving to Europe. This list is BS especially considering they only did it with 100 people - how can one possibly make a comprehensive summary just by talking to 100 people in a country of 7 million?! Second of all, I've been to many countries in Europe and after having been here for 10 years, I can safely say the people here are a lot less emotional than Singaporeans. Surveys don't mean s**t and it definitely doesn't say anything about a subject matter.