Which Country is the World’s Happiest? Check out the 2017 World Happiness Report
World Happiness Day, on March 20th, saw the launch of the World Happiness Report 2017. It’s based on high rankings in main factors that support happiness, including caring, freedom, generosity, health, income, honesty and good governance.
The answers to this question, reveal the statistics:
“Please imagine a ladder, with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top. The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time?”
The average global score is 5.3, which is based on thousands of reports conducted by Gallup between 2014 and 2016. In the top five countries, the scores are at the upper end of the scale, at about 7.5.
Without further ado, here’s the list of the top 20 happiest countries and scores. And the winner is…
1. Norway (7.537)
2. Denmark (7.522)
3. Iceland (7.504)
4. Switzerland (7.494)
5. Finland (7.469)
6. Netherlands (7.377)
7. Canada (7.316)
8. New Zealand (7.314)
9. Australia (7.284)
10. Sweden (7.284)
11. Israel (7.213)
12. Costa Rica (7.079)
13. Austria (7.006)
14. United States (6.993)
15. Ireland (6.977)
16. Germany (6.951)
17. Belgium (6.891)
18. Luxembourg (6.863)
19. United Kingdom (6.714)
20. Chile (6.652)
Compared to last year, Norway has jumped from fourth place to first, however, along with Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland, there’s little competition between the top countries. Economically, it was found that though oil prices are weaker in Norway, the country has been investing proceeds in the future, rather than spending them now.
In terms of general unhappiness levels, the reasons aren’t just about the economy and income inequality, proving the importance of the social foundations of happiness. Personal relationships and physical health rank, however mental illness is cited as a major source of unhappiness.
The UK has risen up the scale, from 23rd place in 2016 to 19, while the USA has fallen slightly, from 13 to 14, with reasons including declining social support and increased corruption. The least happy countries are Rwanda, Syria, Tanzania, Burundi and Central African Republic.
For more information, visit the World Happiness Report website, here.