QUIZ: Do you feel what others feel?

By Karthik Muthuswamy

Diverse illustrated faces of kids showing diverse emotions
Emotions around the globe - illustration by Gunilla Hagström

To discover people’s emotional state worldwide, a research project asked hundreds of thousands of people over a year: “Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday?” The findings from 2021 offered surprising insights – you can explore them after the quiz.

Guess what the people from your country felt in the following six questions, and find out how well you feel them!

You get 10 points if your answer is around ± 10% of the correct answer. Don’t forget to choose your country!

People from 122 countries –coloured by regions– were surveyed to discover the emotional state worldwide.

The question was: “Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday?” In the following steps, you will see the percentage of people from each country that said “yes” for various feelings like anger, stress, etc.

On average, more people from Latin America & Caribbean said they smiled more than other regions. North Americans followed them. The further to the right, the more –they said– they experienced the feeling.

North Americans said they experience more stress than other regions.

and people from Asia –Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Mongolia and Indonesia– experienced the least amount of stress.

When it comes to learning or doing interesting things, meet people from the Philippines and Senegal.

Icelandic, Danish and Paraguayans said they enjoyed the most.


Choose a feeling under position. Choose "region" under aggregation if you want to group countries by regions - like it was done in the story. Use Filter if you want to see only countries from a certain region. You can also search for a country on the top left.

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Method and data

The survey results are based on telephone or face-to-face surveys of approximately 1,000 or more respondents per country or area conducted by Gallup. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error ranges between ±2.0 and ±5.5 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

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Visualisation made with Flourish and Scrollama.

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