What’s the happiest country in the world? Well, the UN published its latest World Happiness Report, ranking 156 countries by how merry their citizens are.
The World Happiness Report is a momentous survey of the state of world happiness that ranks one hundred and fifty-six countries by how happy their citizens understand themselves to be. 2019’s World Happiness Report concentrates on felicity and the community: how bliss has developed over the past dozen years, with a centering on the social norms, technologies, crises and government policies that have impelled those changes.
What does it take to make us truly happy, though? Whatever it entails, northern Europe has solved the mystery. The newest World Happiness Report ranks 6 northern European countries in the top 10! The report ranks countries across six metrics: freedom, income, trust, healthy life expectancy, trust, generosity and social support.
Accordant to the survey data amassed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network the 10 happiest countries around the globe are: 1. Finland 2. Denmark 3. Norway 4. Iceland 5. The Netherlands 6. Switzerland 7. Sweden 8. New Zealand 9. Canada 10. Austria.
What about the United States? Interestingly, the U.S. is ranked number 19, sandwiched between the Czech Republic and Belgium. More alarming though, the level of happiness in the U.S. has diminished massively since 2008. Over the past ten years survey data displays happiness plummeting in the U.S. by about the same amount as it has plunged in Afghanistan.
The U.S. isn’t the only big country that slipped further down the list. Germany hardly clipped the U.S. landing at number 17, Japan, which flaunts the second largest economy globally among the world’s democracies is down dramatically at number 58 and China is back even further at 93.
You can read the whole report, which dives deeper into the causes of our collective unhappiness and happiness at worldhappiness.report. In the meanwhile flights to Helsinki are priced pretty economical right now.
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