We are all united by a common goal: to be happy. And it seems that in some countries it is easier to achieve it. In fact, every year the World Happiness Report is published, a ranking that organizes 155 countries depending on their levels of happiness. This interesting list is prepared by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), with the financial support of the Ernesto Illy Foundation.
Although happiness is very subjective, those responsible for this study have been based on measurable principles: GDP, life expectancy, social support, generosity, freedom of choice, corruption … As you may have imagined, today we are going to tell you which are the happiest countries in the world in 2017 according to this ranking. Of course, we have to warn you that Spain is not in our top 10, since we have only reached number 34. We can console ourselves with the fact that our neighbor Portugal has been far below: in position 89. Are you joining us?
The happiest country in the world according to this study is Norway, an egalitarian country with efficient public services and little insecurity on its streets. On the other hand, it is important to note that they have also scored high in healthy life expectancy, thanks to their active life and their healthy diet. As if that were not enough, Norwegians are very generous and very little corrupt. In addition, we must emphasize that this Nordic country also scores high in the so-called “positive effects” of the report, that is, laughter and fun.
Denmark was at the top of the list last year, but this time they have been relegated to second place. As in other Scandinavian countries, the key to your happiness is a sense of community and the pursuit of the common good.
The top 3 of the list is closed by another European country. This is Iceland, where social support is a key factor. In fact, almost 99% of its population assured that they have someone they can trust in times of crisis.
In fourth position we find Switzerland, which last year was in second place. Of course, it is important to bear in mind that, as the editors of the report have explained, there are practically no differences between the first four countries on the list.
Another Nordic country occupies the fifth position in the ranking. This is Finland, where, as in the rest of the countries in this part of Europe, the inhabitants can enjoy personal freedom, social support and less corruption.
In sixth place we find the Netherlands, which has many similarities with Canada, at least in terms of life expectancy, GDP, social support, and personal freedom.
Canada ranks seventh this year thanks, among other things, to social factors. It is important to note that he has achieved high levels of social trust thanks to programs aimed at promoting multiculturalism and interethnic understanding.
We also have to talk about New Zealand which, despite having a slightly lower GDP than Australia, has managed to place itself above this country in the ranking. In any case, they agree on practically all factors, except generosity , since New Zealanders are more generous than Australians.
If Australia has not been able to rank higher on the list, it is because of social problems such as mental and physical illness.
Finally, we have to talk about Sweden, which this year closes the top 10. This Nordic country highlights its social support, its high GDP and its healthy life expectancy.