According to this year’s World Happiness Report, Norway is the happiest country on earth. This report has mainly hinged on its good public services and political stability.
The study, which, according to Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, [which produced the report] in association with the United Nations, measures social factors alongside economic data, points to the limitations of financial factors in achieving happiness.
“This report gives evidence that happiness is a result of creating strong social foundations. It’s time to build social trust and healthy lives, not guns or walls. Let’s hold our leaders to this fact,” he emphasized.
Therefore, Norway was able to spring ahead despite its economy being hit by the plummeting oil price. meanwhile happiness in the U.S. continues to wain despite increasing incomes.
Below are the happiness indices of countries placed in the top 10;
- Denmark (7.52)
- Iceland (7.50)
- Switzerland (7.49)
- Finland (7.46)
- Netherlands (7.37)
- Canada (7.31)
- New Zealand (7.31)
- Australia (7.28)
- Sweden (7.28)
- Israel (7.21)
- Costa Rice (7.07)
- Austria (7.0)
- U.S. (6.99)
- Ireland (6.97)
The U.S.’s happiness has slipped over the past year, the report suggests. Despite rising wages, overall happiness has fallen from 13th position globally to 14th, pointing to a need for a more comprehensive approach from government, the report suggests.
“The predominant political discourse in the United States is aimed at raising economic growth, with the goal of restoring the ‘American dream’ and the happiness that is supposed to accompany it. But the data show conclusively that this is the wrong approach,” said Sachs, in a section of the report entitled “Restoring American Happiness” Sachs remarked.
However, economic factors remain a certain contributor to achieving social cohesion and overall happiness, the report finds. The ten bottom spots were taken by some of the world’s poorest countries, with happiness levels averaging approximately 3 out of ten.
These included Yemen, South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Syria, Tanzania, Burundi and Central African Republic.