This Is The Happiest Country In The World
Can you guess?
22 March 2017
A new study shows that Norway is the happiest country in the world despite oil prices, which make up a key part of the country's economy, plummeting. The report also shows that despite increasing incomes, America is getting sadder.
"It's the human things that matter. If the riches make it harder to have frequent and trustworthy relationships between people, is it worth it?" asked John Helliwell, the lead author of the report and an economist at the University of British Columbia in Canada. "The material can stand in the way of the human."
Norway held the fourth spot until last year but raced past Denmark which fell to the second spot this year. Iceland, Switzerland and Finland round out the top five. UAE came in at #21.
The report ranks 155 countries and rankings are based on gross domestic product per person, healthy life expectancy, and a global survey that measures social support, freedom to make life choices, and a sense of how corrupt/generous people think their society is on a scale of 1-10.
Poverty ridden countries like Burundi, Tanzania, Syria and Rwanda were at the bottom of the list, with the Central African Republic being the unhappiest country in the world.
See the top 10 happiest countries below: