South Korean Children Rank Last in Happiness

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Kids in South Korea ranked at the bottom among developed countries in a survey asking respondents how satisfied they are with their lives, according to a report in the Korea Times. 

South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare, which conducted the survey, found children there scored 60.3 points out of 100 on the Better Life Index, which measures people's satisfaction with life and general happiness. South Korea trailed both Romania and Poland.

The survey, the first such conducted by the South Korean government, targeted more than 4000 families in South Korea with children under 18, and compared results to the 27 other countries that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

According to Jun-heon Song, head of South Korea's Child Welfare Policy, the results have a "direct correlation to the stress that comes with children’s studies, school violence, and internet addiction." He added that in general kids in South Korea suffer from an "imbalance between study and free time.”

The country that ranked at the top was the Netherlands with 94.2 points. The United States averaged 84.2 points.