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Tourists heading out on their summer Isle of Wight breaks can expected to be greeted by some of the happiest people in Britain, iwcp.co.uk reports.

The claim comes after the government revealed its results for the first ever ‘happiness index’, which was recorded shortly after the Coalition came into power.

The happiness index involved asking the people of Britain how happy they were and how anxious they felt. Islanders scored highly in the test, with 7.47 in every ten surveyed claiming they felt happy. In the South East, meanwhile, the score was 7.35 – whilst the national average came in at 7.28.

Furthermore, when asked how anxious they felt, 65.63 per cent of the 1,100 surveyed said they had no anxiety at all; whilst the South East scored 61.21 per cent and Britain as a whole polled 60 per cent.

Speaking to ons.gov.uk about the results, programme director for the Measuring National Well-being Programme, Glenn Everett, explained: “By examining and analysing objective statistics as well as subjective information, a more complete picture of national well-being can be formed.

“Understanding people’s views of well-being is an important addition to existing official statistics and has potential uses in the policy making process and to aid other decision making.”