Bhutan Gross National Happiness Index 2010

The concept of GNH has often been explained by its four pillars: good governance, sustainable socioeconomic development, cultural preservation, and environmental conservation. The four pillars have been further classified into nine domains in order to create widespread understanding of GNH and to reflect the holistic range of GNH values. The nine domains are: psychological wellbeing, health, education, time use, cultural diversity and resilience, good governance, community vitality, ecological diversity and resilience, and living standards.

2010 GNH Survey

The GNH survey was carried out in 2010 across the country. The survey was administered using the GNH questionnaire which gathered data on a comprehensive picture of the wellbeing of Bhutanese. The survey gathered data from 7142 respondents out of which 6476 or 90.7% of the respondents had sufficient data to be included in the GNH Index.

The GNH Index data are derived from 33 indicators categorized under nine domains. Additional data are the indicator wise contribution to the GNH Index and the percentage of happy people in each indicator by demographic categories.

Analytical tools

The statistics on GNH index can be viewed for the overall GNH index by 20 districts of Bhutan through an interactive mapping interface . The GNH Index ranges from 0 to 1. A higher number indicates happier the people are. The distribution on indicator wise contribution to the GNH and the percentage contribution of happy people in each indicators by demographic categories are presented in a form of maps and graphs through an interactive interface.