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RANKED: The Happiest (And Unhappiest) Countries On Earth, 2019

Finland was just named the world’s happiest country for the second year in a row, according to the World Happiness Report. While the Nordic countries of Finland (No. 1), Denmark (No. 2), Norway (No. 3), and Iceland (No. 4) topped the table, there was no sign of the United States in the top ten.

The Netherlands came in 5th place, followed by Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada (the only country in the Americas) and Austria. The United States placed 19th, four below the Brexit-divided United Kingdom and four above Mexico.

Interestingly, economic superpowers are not super happy.

No other economic superpowers made it into the top 10 rankings, either. The United Kingdom came in 15th place, while Germany came in 17th place. The United States came in 19th place, France came in 24th place, Italy came in 36th place, Japan came in 58th place, Russia came in 68th place, China came in 93rd place, and India came in 140th place. To be the happiest country, having the top economic growth isn’t necessarily the answer.

People in South Sudan are the most unhappy with their lives, followed by the Central African Republic (155), Afghanistan (154), Tanzania (153) and Rwanda (152). The report ranks countries on six elements: freedom, generosity, healthy life expectancy, GDP per capita, social support and absence of corruption. Australia dropped one spot to 11th place.

These are the happiest (and unhappiest) countries on earth, 2019:

RANKCOUNTRYSCORE
1Finland7.769
2Denmark7.6
3Norway7.554
4Iceland7.494
5Netherlands7.488
6Switzerland7.48
7Sweden7.343
8New Zealand7.307
9Canada7.278
10Austria7.246
11Australia7.228
12Costa Rica7.167
13Israel7.139
14Luxembourg7.09
15United Kingdom7.054
16Ireland7.021
17Germany6.985
18Belgium6.923
19United States6.892
20Czech Republic6.852
21United Arab Emirates6.825
22Malta6.726
23Mexico6.595
24France6.592
25Taiwan6.446
26Chile6.444
27Guatemala6.436
28Saudi Arabia6.375
29Qatar6.374
30Spain6.354
31Panama6.321
32Brazil6.3
33Uruguay6.293
34Singapore6.262
35El Salvador6.253
36Italy6.223
37Bahrain6.199
38Slovakia6.198
39Trinidad and Tobago6.192
40Poland6.182
41Uzbekistan6.174
42Lithuania6.149
43Colombia6.125
44Slovenia6.118
45Nicaragua6.105
46Kosovo6.1
47Argentina6.086
48Romania6.07
49Cyprus6.046
50Ecuador6.028
51Kuwait6.021
52Thailand6.008
53Latvia5.94
54South Korea5.895
55Estonia5.893
56Jamaica5.89
57Mauritius5.888
58Japan5.886
59Honduras5.86
60Kazakhstan5.809
61Bolivia5.779
62Hungary5.758
63Paraguay5.743
64North Cyprus5.718
65Peru5.697
66Portugal5.693
67Pakistan (Islamic Republic of)5.653
68Russia5.648
69Philippines5.631
70Serbia5.603
71Moldova5.529
72Libya5.525
73Montenegro5.523
74Tajikistan5.467
75Croatia5.432
76Hong Kong5.43
77Dominican Republic5.425
78Bosnia and Herzegovina5.386
79Turkey5.373
80Malaysia5.339
81Belarus5.323
82Greece5.287
83Mongolia5.285
84Macedonia5.274
85Nigeria5.265
86Kyrgyzstan5.261
87Turkmenistan5.247
88Algeria5.211
89Morocco5.208
90Azerbaijan5.208
91Lebanon5.197
92Indonesia5.192
93China5.191
94Vietnam5.175
95Bhutan5.082
96Cameroon5.044
97Bulgaria5.011
98Ghana4.996
99Ivory Coast4.944
100Nepal4.913
101Jordan4.906
102Benin4.883
103Congo-Brazzaville4.812
104Gabon4.799
105Laos4.796
106South Africa4.722
107Albania4.719
108Venezuela4.707
109Cambodia4.7
110Palestinian Territories4.696
111Senegal4.681
112Somalia4.668
113Namibia4.639
114Niger4.628
115Burkina Faso4.587
116Armenia4.559
117Iran (Islamic Republic of)4.548
118Guinea4.534
119Georgia4.519
120Gambia4.516
121Kenya4.509
122Mauritania (Islamic Republic of)4.49
123Mozambique4.466
124Tunisia4.461
125Bangladesh4.456
126Iraq4.437
127Congo-Kinshasa4.418
128Mali4.39
129Sierra Leone4.374
130Sri Lanka4.366
131Myanmar4.36
132Chad4.35
133Ukraine4.332
134Ethiopia4.286
135Swaziland4.212
136Uganda4.189
137Egypt4.166
138Zambia4.107
139Togo4.085
140India4.015
141Liberia3.975
142Comoros3.973
143Madagascar3.933
144Lesotho3.802
145Burundi3.775
146Zimbabwe3.663
147Haiti3.597
148Botswana3.488
149Syria3.462
150Malawi3.41
151Yemen3.38
152Rwanda3.334
153Tanzania3.231
154Afghanistan (Islamic Republic of)3.203
155Central African Republic3.083
156South Sudan2.853

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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