World Happiness Report 2015 launched

World happiness report 2015

The happiest country in the world – And the winner is ……….. Not Denmark. It is Switzerland. Yes those quiet guys with the chocolate, the expensive watches and the secret bank accounts are happier than the Danes these days. Okay we must admit that it was starting to be a little like watching the Olympics Games in Ping Pong – China wins every time.

This year Denmark is not the happiest country in the world according to the World Happiness Report 2015 by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the UN.

The traditional winner, Denmark, this year ranks third in a cluster of four European countries with statistically similar scores, led by Switzerland and including Iceland and Norway.

According to the Report – The 10 top countries are once again all small or medium-sized western industrial countries, of which seven are in Western Europe. Beyond the first ten, the geography immediately becomes more varied, with the second 10 including countries from four of the nine global regions. High-trust countries like Denmark, Norway, and Sweden are also low-corruption and low-inequality countries, compared with countries like the United States (number 15) where generalized trust is much lower.

The World Happiness Reports states that in the top 10 countries, life evaluations average

7.4 on the 0 to 10 scale, while for the bottom 10 the average is less than half that, at 3.4. The lowest countries are typically marked by low values on all of the six variables used here to explain international differences – GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, generosity and absence of corruption – and often subject in addition to violence and disease. Of the 4-point gap between the 10 top and 10 bottom countries, three-quarters is accounted for by differences in the six variables, with GDP per capita, social support and healthy life expectancy the largest contributors.

The highest social capital region of the world, the three Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Norway, and Sweden) and other Nordic countries (Finland, Iceland), have all of the attributes that researchers have suggested: high civic participation, high ethnic homogeneity, high social and economic equality, and low public corruption. The result is a very high level of social trust not matched almost anywhere else in the world. Read the whole report HERE

 The World Happiness Report 2015 ranking:

1. Switzerland (7.587)

2. Iceland (7.561)

3. Denmark (7.527)

4. Norway (7.522)

5. Canada (7.427)

6. Finland (7.406)

7. Netherlands (7.378)

8. Sweden (7.364)

9. New Zealand (7.286)

10. Australia (7.284)

11. Israel (7.278)

12. Costa Rica (7.226)

13. Austria (7.200)

14. Mexico (7.187)

15. United States (7.119)

16. Brazil (6.983)

17. Luxembourg (6.946)

18. Ireland (6.940)

19. Belgium (6.937)

20. United Arab Emirates (6.901)

21. United Kingdom (6.867)

22. Oman (6.853)

23. Venezuela (6.810)

24. Singapore (6.798)

25. Panama (6.786)

26. Germany (6.75)

27. Chile (6.670)

28. Qatar (6.611)

29. France (6.575)

30. Argentina (6.574)

31. Czech Republic (6.505)

32. Uruguay (6.485)

33. Colombia (6.477)

34. Thailand (6.455)

35. Saudi Arabia (6.411)

36. Spain (6.329)

37. Malta (6.302)

38. Taiwan (6.298)

39. Kuwait (6.295)

40. Suriname (6.269)

41. Trinidad and Tobago (6.168)

42. El Salvador (6.130)

43. Guatemala (6.123)

44. Uzbekistan (6.003)

45. Slovakia (5.995)

46. Japan (5.987)

47. South Korea (5.984)

48. Ecuador (5.975)

49. Bahrain (5.960)

50. Italy (5.948)

51. Bolivia (5.890)

52. Moldova (5.889)

53. Paraguay (5.878)

54. Kazakhstan (5.855)

55. Slovenia (5.848)

56. Lithuania (5.833)

57. Nicaragua (5.828)

58. Peru (5.824)

59. Belarus (5.813)

60. Poland (5.791)

61. Malaysia (5.770)

62. Croatia (5.759)

63. Libya (5.754)

64. Russia (5.716)

65. Jamaica (5.709)

66. North Cyprus (5.695)

67. Cyprus (5.689)

68. Algeria (5.605)

69. Kosovo (5.589)

70. Turkmenistan (5.548)

71. Mauritius (5.477)

72. Hong Kong (5.474)

73. Estonia (5.429)

74. Indonesia (5.399)

75. Vietnam (5.360)

76. Turkey (5.332)

77. Kyrgyzstan (5.286)

78. Nigeria (5.268)

79. Bhutan (5.253)

80. Azerbaijan (5.212)

81. Pakistan (5.194)

82. Jordan (5.192)

83. Montenegro (5.1922)

84. China (5.140)

85. Zambia (5.129)

86. Romania (5.124)

87. Serbia (5.123)

88. Portugal (5.102)

89. Latvia (5.098)

90. Philippines (5.073)

91. Somaliland region (5.057)

92. Morocco (5.013)

93. Macedonia (5.007)

94. Mozambique (4.971)

95. Albania (4.959)

96. Bosnia and Herzegovina (4.949)

97. Lesotho (4.898)

98. Dominican Republic (4.885)

99. Laos (4.876)

100. Mongolia (4.874)

101. Swaziland (4.867)

102. Greece (4.857)

103. Lebanon (4.839)

104. Hungary (4.800)

105. Honduras (4.788)

106. Tajikistan (4.786)

107. Tunisia (4.739)

108. Palestinian Territories (4.715)

109. Bangladesh (4.694)

110. Iran (4.686)

111. Ukraine (4.681)

112. Iraq (4.677)

113. South Africa (4.642)

114. Ghana (4.633)

115. Zimbabwe (4.610)

116. Liberia (4.571)

117. India (4.565)

118. Sudan (4.550)

119. Haiti (4.518)

120. Congo (Kinshasa) (4.517)

121. Nepal (4.514)

122. Ethiopia (4.512)

123. Sierra Leone (4.507)

124. Mauritania (4.436)

125. Kenya (4.419)

126. Djibouti (4.369)

127. Armenia (4.350)

128. Botswana (4.332)

129. Myanmar (4.307)

130. Georgia (4.297)

131. Malawi (4.292)

132. Sri Lanka (4.271)

133. Cameroon (4.252)

134. Bulgaria (4.218)

135. Egypt (4.194)

136. Yemen (4.077)

137. Angola (4.033)

138. Mali (3.995)

139. Congo (Brazzaville) (3.989)

140. Comoros (3.956)

141. Uganda (3.931)

142. Senegal (3.904)

143. Gabon (3.896)

144. Niger (3.845)

145. Cambodia (3.819)

146. Tanzania (3.781)

147. Madagascar (3.681)

148. Central African Republic (3.678)

149. Chad (3.667)

150. Guinea (3.656)

151. Ivory Coast (3.655)

152. Burkina Faso (3.587)

153. Afghanistan (3.575)

154. Rwanda (3.465)

155. Benin (3.340)

156. Syria (3.006)

157. Burundi (2.906)

158. Togo (2.839)

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