Norway overtakes Denmark at the top of United Nations happiness scale

Trevor Jackson
March 21, 2017

Today is the United Nations's International Day of Happiness when we are all urged to consider making our own nations that much happier. But the report also tries to analyse statistics to explain why one country is happier than another.

The research tries to account for this through studying six main variables: GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, generosity, and absence/perception of corruption.

Countries that achieved positive results have "high levels of mutual trust, shared objective, generosity and good governance", said Helliwell, a professor at the University of British Columbia.

Last December, Global risk analysts Verisk Maplecroft also named Mexico as the third most risky country in the world, ahead of Iraq and Syria.

The UN's Sustainable Development Solution Network added that Norway's formula for handling its oil wealth "requires high levels of mutual trust, shared objective, generosity and good governance, all factors that help to keep Norway and other top countries where thay are in the happiness ranking".

These are the three unhappiest countries in the world, according to the report.

"All of these are found in Norway, as well as in the other top countries". Well, the US fell to 14th place (from 13th place last year), and its overall happiness score has fallen 5% over the last decade. "Let's hold our leaders to this fact", he said.

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Despite the economic recession, Nigerians are Africa's sixth happiest people, according to a new report released on Monday that called on nations to build social trust and equality to improve the wellbeing of their citizens. Iceland, Switzerland, and Finland helped finish off the top five. This, according to the report, has a large impact on life evaluation and likely plays a big role in Icelanders happiness.

Sachs would like nations to follow United Arab Emirates and other countries that have appointed Ministers of Happiness.

The quality of work is a major factor in people's happiness.

Despite China's momentous rise in GDP over the past quarter-century, the subjective well-being of the Chinese has fallen, because of unemployment, changes in social safety nets, and periodic drops in life expectancy during that period.

And only two African countries have made significant gains in happiness over the past decades.

It has been revealed through the World Happiness Report 2017 released by a United Nations agency that a Pakistan citizen continues to be happier than an Indian. It is possible that the upheavals, corruption and many other problems plaguing the continent might be the first thing to cross your mind.

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