UN International Day of Happiness logo (Juniperusco)Released to coincide with the UN International Day of Happiness on 20th March, the World Happiness Report measures how happy people are in different countries, and why. According to the report, Norway is officially the happiest country on Earth. Denmark (which was previously number one), Iceland, Switzerland and Finland are the next four happiest nations, while the Central African Republic is the least happy. The US came 14th and the UK 19th. Other countries in Western Europe and North America dominate the top of table. Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa as well those torn by war, such as Syria, Yemen and South Sudan, have the lowest scores.
Happy Bangladeshi children (mahmud.rassel)The World Happiness Report 2017
The list was produced by asking more than 1000 people in 155 countries this simple question: "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 score (from 10, happiest, to 1, least happy) in each country ranged from Norway's 7.54 to the Central African Republic's 2.69.
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