World Happiness Report 2013 Ranks Happiest Countries

THE happiest people in the world apparently live in Northern Europe.

The World Happiness Report ranks Syria. Rawanda and the Central African Republic near the bottom of the chart for happiness measures, but Denmark the happiest nation of all with Norway second. Australia came in at 10, New Zealand at 13 and the US at 17.

The report uses six key variables to measure and explain a country’s happiness. These include real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption, and generosity. The report shows significant changes in happiness in countries over time, with some countries rising and others falling over the past five years with Australia showing a very slight increase in overall happiness since 2005.

You can find the full list here
http://unsdsn.org/files/2013/09/WorldHappinessReport2013_online.pdf

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6 thoughts on “World Happiness Report 2013 Ranks Happiest Countries

  1. ?? “THE happiest people in the world apparently live in Northern Europe.”
    Somebody apparently forgot that, much as they might deny it the dour/sour Scots also live in Northern europe. 🙂

    …and share the description ‘dour’ with the scandinavians generally. (look it up!)

    At least we now understand what ‘happiness’ is! 😆

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  2. So the Daily Mail has it wrong?
    “Feeling down? Try a move Down Under: Australia tops happiness league (with UK at No 10)

    Britain behind the US, Canada and the Scandinavian countries
    Countries were graded on income, jobs, housing and health”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2332085/Australia-tops-happiness-league-UK-No-10.html#ixzz2qjlsxjkr

    On the other hand the happiest country to be old in is Sweden, according to http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/sweden/10345235/Happiest-country-to-be-old-is-Sweden-survey-finds.html

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