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These Are The 20 Happiest Countries On Earth, 2017

Norway has been named the happiest country on earth for the first time, according to the UN World Happiness Report’s rankings. Denmark, the 2016 winner, was ranked 2nd on this year’s social happiness list of 155 countries, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, and Finland.

Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden round out the top ten.  Norway was also recently ranked as the 10nth best countries to live in, 22nd among the world’s most entrepreneurial country, and 3rd among the most gender-equal countries in the world, study.

The United States, meanwhile, was fourteenth in the latest ranking, down from No. thirteenth last year. Other superpowers didn’t fair better than Northern Europe either.

Germany came in 16th place, while the United Kingdom (at 19th place), France (at 31st place), Russia (at 49th place), Japan (at 51st place), China (at 79th place), and India at 122nd place on the list of 157 happiest countries on earth, 2017.

Where are the world’s happiest countries?

Ranking of Happiness: these are the 20 happiest countries on earth, 2017

  1. Norway
  2. Denmark
  3. Iceland
  4. Switzerland
  5. Finland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Canada
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Sweden
  11. Israel
  12. Costa Rica
  13. Austria
  14. United States
  15. Ireland
  16. Germany
  17. Belgium
  18. Luxembourg
  19. United Kingdom
  20. Chile
  21. UAE
  22. Brazil
  23. Czech Republic
  24. Argentina
  25. Mexico

The world happiness report ranks 155 countries. The bottom 5 countries on the list were Rwanda, Syria, Tanzania, Burundi, and Central African Republic.

The index uses data from 2014-16 to compile the 2017 ranking of happiness, scores are calculated by measuring factors such as levels of caring, freedom to make life decisions, generosity, good governance, honesty, health and income.

The 10 unhappiest countries in the world

146. Yemen
147. South Sudan
148. Liberia
149. Guinea
150. Togo
151. Rwanda
152. Syria
153. Tanzania
154. Burundi
155. Central African Republic

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Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
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