As always, the Nordic and Scandinavian countries are near the top of the World Happiness List with Denmark at the top, followed by Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and Finland. This year, Canada took a tumble out of the top five but still placed number six on the list.
The World Happiness Report, a UN-backed project, was released yesterday to coincide with World Happiness Day on March 20, 2016. It ranks 156 countries on their happiness levels based on numerous factors and elements including GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support, freedom to make decisions, etc.
Top 10 happiest countries:
- New Zealand
Denmark is consistently at the top of these lists due to their gender equality, parental leave allowances, work-life balance, and general safety in the country. America got spot #13, not surprising considering their social trust and their faith in the government is deteriorating. Coming in near the bottom of the list include Burundi, Syria, and Togo.