World Happiness Report: These are the world’s happiest countries

  • Scandinavian nations emerged as the happiest countries in the world
  • The report was released ahead of the United Nations Happiness Day later this month
  • The happiness was measured across six factors plus a benchmark for comparison of each country’s performance

Denmark has regained its title as the country with the happiest people in the world in an updated list in the World Happiness Report 2016 released in Rome on Wednesday, March 16; ahead of the UN World Happiness Day on March 20th.

In a list dominated by European and Scandinavian countries, Denmark came out on top among the 156 nations which are ranked according to certain ‘predictors’ which include GDP per capita income, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perception of corruptions plus Dystopia (a benchmark against which to compare each country’s performance in terms of each of the six factors.)

Denmark scored an average of 7.526 across the six criteria to emerge as the happiest country in the world. It was the third time Denmark took the title in the last four reports; losing to Switzerland only once.

Denmark is followed by Switzerland (7.509), Iceland (7.501), Norway (7.498), Finland (7.413), Canada (7.404), Netherlands (7.339), New Zealand (7.334), Australia (7.313), and Sweden (7.291).

United States is ranked at no. 13 scoring 7.104, while Germany is at no. 16 (6.994) and United Kingdom at no. 23 (6.725).

Costa Rica (7.087) and Puerto Rico are the happiest Latin American countries, ranking at 14thand 15th spot; while Singapore (6.739) is the happiest Asian country at no. 22; followed by Thailand (6.474) at no. 33; Taiwan (6.379) at no. 35; and Malaysia (6.005) at no. 47.

Philippines is below the lower half, ranking only 82nd with 5.279; but still one notch higher than China with 5.245.

Japan is at 52nd with 5.921; Hong Kong at 75thwith 5.458 and India way below at 118th with 4.404. (Click here to read more)

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