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Belfast named happiest city in the UK: Instagram pics show it as smile capital

Belfast has been named the smile capital of the UK according to a detailed analysis of snaps taken throughout the city.

Thanks to the virtues of modern technology, analysis carried out on over 100 million Instagram photos from across the UK found Belfast came out on top with the most smiles.

That makes Belfast the 'happiest' city in the UK.

Jetpac analysed the thousands of images to come up with a 'smile score' - putting the city ahead.

Pictures taken in bars and nightspots across the city have put The Parlour Bar, close to Queen's University, in front as the 'happiest' place to be in Belfast.

Familiar names such as Lavery's bar, The Hudson and 21 Social also feature in the top 10 list.

Belfast was the only city in Northern Ireland to make the list.

You know you're from Belfast when...You know at least one person called Mackers or Smickers
You know you're from Belfast when...You know at least one person called Mackers or Smickers
You've been offered five lighters for £1
You can ask police officers if they have any craic and not get arrested.
Can say you are going for a poke and not get funny looks
You know what a 'fleg' is
Your friends still call you by your childhood nickname
You remember when skipping school was 'doing the beak'
You're never cold but sometimes Baltic
The sight of 12-year-olds smoking is normal
You know what a 'barrack buster' is and at one time this was your favourite carry-out
You have used the phrase "will you see me / my mate"
The smell of slurry in the country makes you gag
You have been to Dempsey's for a 16th or 18th birthday party
Jim McDonald from Coronation Street and Eamonn Holmes embarrass you
You've had a ginger-haired friend called 'Fanta Pants'
Your granny had a framed picture of the Pope or the Queen in the living room but never both
Anyone who doesn't have a number one back and sides haircut is a hippy
You are a half decent pool player and know your way around a snooker table
You know what the words 'space-cadet' and 'rocket' really mean
You think that if you can't see the Harland and Wolff cranes from your bedroom window you are a culchie
You know what real rain is like
You're passionate about an English or Scottish football team
You have owned a pair of Nike Air Max 'gutties' at some stage
You have purchased a single cigarette a some stage of your life.
You frequented a country park or waste ground each weekend to drink alcohol
You are 27-years-old, married with two kids, a dog and have a mortgage of your own. When you are home for Christmas and your parents are away for a couple of days you still think: 'Sweet, free house!'
You know what a 'steeko' or 'spide' is and have a tendency to turn into one after drinking a few pints. "Here's me wha?".

Salford in the Greater Manchester area came bottom.


1. Belfast

2. Bournemouth

3. Derby

4. Exeter

5. Lincoln

6. Aberdeen

7. Glasgow

8. Colchester

9. Newcastle upon Tyne

10. Oxford


1. The Parlour Bar

2. Springsteen's Diner

3. Kremlin

4. 21 Social

5. The King's Head

6. Thompson's

7. Filthy McNasty's

8. McCracken's

9. Lavery's

10. The Hudson Bar

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