2016 World’s Happiest Countries: Denmark Ranks First

Denmark is the happiest country in the world, according to the 2016 United Nations World Happiness Report.


The latest UN report rating the level of happiness of 157 countries was revealed yesterday, March 16, during a conference revolving around happiness and well-being held at the Bank of Italy.

Denmark has been on the top position back in 2013. Furthermore, it was among the first three last year. It is, therefore, no surprise that it has ranked first this time. Otherwise, the majority of the top 10 have had similar ratings before too.

Denmark scored 7.526 on 10, followed by Switzerland (7.509), Iceland (7.501), Norway (7.498), Finland (7.413), and Canada (7.404). The last 5 countries ranking the least are Burundi (2.905), Syria (3.069), Togo (3.303), Afghanistan (3.360), and Benin (3.484). It is to be noted that Burundi, torn by civil wars and corruption, is also among the 10 poorest countries in the world.

These results are based on data gleaned from surveys dating back to 2013, and extending till 2015. A sample of 3,000 individuals from each country involved enlisted their participation to provide information about health, access to medical care, social support, family relations, political freedom, generosity, gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, job security, and corruption.

The average happiness of all the countries is 5.1, say the researchers.

The publishing of the report comes just in time before the World Happiness Day on March 20.

Find the list here.

This might remind you of the WIN/Gallup International survey results that was released earlier this year, in January. According to that data, Colombia was the happiest country (despite being notorious for its gang wars), followed by Fiji, and Saudi Arabia. Surprisingly, Mexico featured 8th on that list, and China 10th. Furthermore, almost no European country had made it to that list. The study also found that China and Fiji were two of the most hopeful countries, while Italy was deemed least hopeful of all.

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