The happiest country in the world

Which country is the happiest in the world?

The happiest country in the world

Can you guess where the happiest country in the world is? We’d forgive you for answering Australia. Sadly we are not the happy owners of this title according to this year’s World Happiness Report.

It’s not all bad news though. Such as our neighbours across the ditch, we did make the top 10. First published in 2012, the report reviews the state of happiness in the world today, reflecting a new worldwide demand for more focus on happiness as a criteria for government policy.

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network which publishes the report, measures happiness using a variety of factors, including, GDP per capita, social support, freedom to make life choices, healthy life expectancy, perception of corruption, generosity, and the all-encompassing everything else.

Of the 158 countries ranked, Switzerland took out the title of the happiest country in the world. While, sadly our Kiwi rivals snuck in above us in ninth place, we were still happy to slide into the top ten ahead of 148 other countries.

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

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

You’ll notice the United States didn’t make the top 10 – it ranks at 15th. Britain came in 21st and China was 84th. The least happy countries in the world were Rwanda, Benin, Syria, Burundi and Togo.

Our ranking is further proof that our anthem is accurate when it says Australians all let us rejoice for we are young and free.

You can see the full list and learn more at World Happiness Report.



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    23rd May 2015
    Note the top 8 countries have winter temperatures colder than a freezer, it must be able to store meat without a fridge make people happy !!!
    23rd May 2015
    Yes, I noticed that. I migrated to Australia from the UK because I couldn't stand the cold, icy winters, so Australia wins for me on warm climate alone. Even NZ is too cool for me.
    23rd May 2015
    See, you can still get a cold shoulder in the happiest country.
    Golden Oldie
    23rd May 2015
    Maybe their happier because they are warming up. When I left the Netherlands in 1951 to emigrate to Australia it was common to have snow for about 2-3 months of the year. I remember the white Christmases we had every year. When I went back for a visit in 2009 I found out that they do not have snow every year, and if they do, it is a lot less.
    23rd May 2015
    A very interesting report. Confirms a long held opinion that long term happiness can mean the same thing to the vast majority. A strong economy appears to rank high on the "happiness" scale and is evidenced by the slide down the rankings by Greece which had the biggest drop of all countries. The Greeks feel their country lacks generosity?
    Political parties would do well to take this report seriously.
    Polly Esther
    23rd May 2015
    It appears that Tony is taking it seriously Frank. He is acting as a very happy chappy lately, see him laughing a lot on the television news.
    This happy country thing must be right then, or maybe the budgie has shed a feather in his smugglers.
    23rd May 2015
    I would like to know the reasons of the happiness, is it because they are very efficient in everything they do especially looking after the health and wellbeing of their citizens, Australia and many other countries could learn something from the top 5.
    23rd May 2015
    The report is quite complex in it's construction and includes a lot of data and mathematical equations to arrive at the results so it's difficult to abbreviate an answer to your question. However the 6 main categories are;
    GDP per capita. Social Support. Healthy Life Expectancy at Birth. Freedom to make Life Choices. Generosity. Perceptions of Corruption. The top 5 could also learn something from Australia and others. Australia appears to be the equal or more generous than the top 5.
    24th May 2015
    There must be something wrong in their sampling
    My conclusions from this report are that to be happy:
    1. you need to be half-frozen
    2. you need to be rich
    3. you shouldn't speak much English
    4. You should not smile much

    Lies, Damn lies, and Statistics!

    23rd Dec 2017
    I was born in the country on top of the list but I am happy here although I go over there once
    a year to see my mother. It is cold in winter but quite warm in summer; poverty as we know it does not exist there and crime is low and public transport is virtually available everywhere.
    English is understood in every bigger town as all kids study the lingo from an early age.

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