The happiest Germans live in 2022 back in Schleswig-Holstein, which takes first place with 7.14 points. During the pandemic, the country had slipped to 6.78 points. The previous year, Saxony-Anhalt also took first place alongside Schleswig-Holstein. The East German state is doing well in 2022 and is in 9th place in the middle.
The the second place is occupied by Bavaria in 2022, where life satisfaction increased by 0.29 points from the previous year to currently stand at 7.06 points. North Rhine-Westphalia (6.98 points) is the climber of the year and occupies 3rd place, closely followed by Hamburg, which is struggling to recover. Brandenburg (6.87) is in 5th place and is only one rank lower than the previous year. It is the highest-ranking East German federal state and confirms the trend towards the dissolution of the strict separation between “East” and “West”.
The midfield is formed by Hesse (6.82), Lower Saxony (6.80), Baden-Württemberg (6.80) and Saxony-Anhalt (6.79), all very close in number points. Saxony (6.68) follows further in 10th place, followed by Rhineland-Palatinate (6.65) and Bremen (6.58), which climbs three places to 12th place compared to Germany. last year.
Thuringia (6.54) came last in 13th place, Berlin (6.53), Saarland (6.49) and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (6.35), which was the only federal state to do less well in 2022 than the previous year (6.60), where it still ranked tenth.