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The World’s Happiest Countries

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The happiest place on Earth is Norway. That’s the word from the annual World Happiness Report, which has given the crown to this Scandinavian country known for its majestic mountains, scenic glaciers and deep coastal fjords. Add now you can add very happy people to that list. The U.S. is not happy. Rich, yes, as our incomes rose. But money is not the key to happiness. The USA came in at number 14 on the list of happy countries, down one from last year’s list when it hit number 13. Meanwhile, Norway rose to number one from number 4 last year. “It’s the human things that matter,” John Helliwell, the lead author of the report and an economist at the University of British Columbia in Canada, told The Associated Press. “If the riches make it harder to have frequent and trustworthy relationships between people, is it worth it? The material can stand in the way of the human.”

The top 10 happiest countries on Earth:

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

The top 10 unhappiest countries on Earth:

  1. Central African Republic
  2. Burundi
  3. Tanzania
  4. Syria
  5. Rwanda
  6. Togo
  7. Guinea
  8. Guinea
  9. Liberia
  10. South Sudan and Yemen (tie)

More facts to know and tell:

  • The report ranks 155 countries and is based on gross domestic product per person, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom of choice, generosity and a sense of the level of society’s corruption.
  • It’s no coincidence that the Nordic countries monopolize this list, thanks to a strong and abiding sense of community and understanding of the common good.
  • And while being rich won’t buy happiness, having enough money is essential. Countries that at the bottom of list share one thing in common: desperate poverty.
  • While most countries are either maintaining their level of happiness or increasing it, happiness in the United States has dropped 5 percent over the past 10 years. This is primarily blamed on an eroding sense of community, rising inequality and a more corrupt government.

This article was written by chris@canyonmedia.net

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