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While you may feel very happy with your choice to live in the lucky country, Australia is still not the happiest country in the world. This rather disappointing news comes with the release of this year’s World Happiness Report, fittingly announced on World Happiness Day, March 20.

Six key variables are used to explain happiness: income, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on in times of trouble, generosity, freedom and trust. Countries are ranked from one all the way down to the final position of 155 based on their averages.

Norway took out the title of World’s Happiest Country, jumping from fourth position in 2016 to first this year, closely followed by Denmark and Iceland. And, while our ANZAC comrades across the ditch snuck past us at eighth position, Australia still made the top 10, taking out ninth place – a feat we should be very happy about!

According to the report, the top 10 happiest countries in the world are:

  1. Norway
  2. Denmark
  3. Iceland
  4. Switzerland
  5. Finland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Canada
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Sweden

And the 10 least happy countries are;

  1. Haiti
  2. Yemen
  3. South Sudan
  4. Guinea
  5. Togo
  6. Rwanda
  7. Syria
  8. Tanzania
  9. Burundi
  10. Central African Republic

In case you were wondering, the United States didn’t appear until the 14th position, followed by the UK at 19, and China all the way down in 79th spot.

While we may not be number one, in the words of Meat Loaf, ‘nine out of 155 ain’t bad’.

You can read the full World Happiness Report for 2017 at their website. What do you think of these results? Have you been to Norway? Could you live there?

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Total Comments: 8
  1. 0

    Hilarious. Some of the named happiest places named above are the ones nowadays constantly in headlines for crime and assaults occasioned by incompatible immigrants. I think this list is way out of date or compiled from questions asked of wishful thinkers. And if Australian politicians don’t listen up to public dissent about amount and cultural makeup of immigrants either buying up our real estate or coming here for our Centrelink system, we will quickly be heading towards the list of least happy countries.

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      Well said, belle Brissiegirl. And what about the winter climes and cost of living in these “happy” countries! You are also spot on about our generous welfare system for incoming migrants. For example the Government’s own statistics show that of the 10,000 Syrians refugees who came to Australia in 2016 only 5% have obtained gainful employment and 5,000 more are due this year. Coming from authoritarian countries Middle Eastern immigrants regard our generosity and compassion as a sign of weakness.

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      Have to agree with you Brissiegirl and Travelling Man……

  2. 0

    Yes I’ve been to Norway and loved it. Via ship and stopping in at five different ports for the day. Its a country brimming with history and beautiful architecture so different to ours. I think a lot of the discontent in Australia comes from the Political system followed closely by the lack of real justice in the justice (?) System which is too lenient and quite a joke often. Get tougher like Singapore. Take a leaf out of their book but alas our miserly lawyers wouldn’t be able to rip us off so much would they. Its designed for them and the sooner people realise this and do something about it the better.

  3. 0

    This ”poll” serious ,surely Syria should be way up the top ?? Number 7 you have to be kidding

  4. 0

    I guess it depends on who they ask who is happy.

  5. 0

    I am very happy where I am and worked hard to be — and have NO interest in being anywhere else

  6. 0

    It may sound a cliche, but happiness is an ‘inside job’. Nowadays I find that I could be happy almost anywhere. Having traveled many countries (over 65 on latest count) everywhere has its good sides and its bad ones. I have been to Norway and found it not to be a happy place, maybe due to going in winter.



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