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Which Are The World's Happiest Countries?
Norway tops the global happiness rankings for 2017 from 155 countries (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 457)
Mar 22, 2017 Style & Living
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The first World Happiness Report was published in April 2012, in support of the United Nations (UN) High Level Meeting on happiness and well-being. Since then the world has come a long way. Increasingly, happiness is considered to be the proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy.

Norway has jumped from 4th place in 2016 to 1st place this year. Denmark dropped to second place, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, then Sweden (which tied for ninth place). According to the latest World Happiness Report, released Monday by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the UN, all of the top four counties rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance. Their averages are so close that even small changes can re-order the rankings from year to year.

Norway moves to the top of the ranking despite weaker oil prices. It's sometimes said that Norway achieves and maintains its high happiness not because of its oil wealth, but in spite of it. By choosing to produce its oil slowly, and investing the proceeds for the future, rather than spending them in the present, Norway has insulated itself from the boom and bust cycle of many other resource-rich economies. To do this successfully requires high levels of mutual trust, shared purpose, generosity and good governance, all factors that help to keep Norway and other top countries where they are in the happiness rankings.

Denmark has won the title three of the four times the report has been issued, while Switzerland has won the title just once.

The United States came in 14th place, dropping one place from last year.

Germany came in 16th place for the second year, while the United Kingdom moved up four spots to 19th place and Russia moved up seven spots to 49th place. Japan moved up two spots to 51st place, while China moved four spots to 79th place.

People in China are little happier than 25 years ago.

The China chapter was led by Richard A. Easterlin, who pioneered the economics of happiness more than 40 years ago. The ranking contrasts sharply with the growing per capita income in China over the past 25 years with life evaluations falling steadily from 1990 till about 2005, recovering since then to about the 1990 levels. They attribute the dropping happiness in the first part of the period to rising unemployment and fraying social safety nets, with recoveries since in both these measures.

People in the Central African Republic are unhappiest with their lives, according to the survey of 155 countries, followed by Burundi (154), Tanzania (153), Syria (152) and Rwanda (151).

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