Top 10 Happiest Countries In The World




Reproduced from Helliwell, John F., Richard Layard, and Jeffrey Sachs, eds. 2013. World Happiness Report 2013. New York: UN Sustainable Development Solutions network.

This is a detailed study with over 150 pages of statistics and analysis to support their World Happiness rankings. A most interesting read. Get it here.

Information was taken from the Gallup World Poll and assessed things like healthy life expectancy, generosity, perceptions of corruption, social support and the freedom of individuals to make their own life choices. Mental illness, in particular, anxiety and depression, was the biggest determining factor for unhappiness, effecting around 10% of the world’s population at any one time.




The Top 10…

10. Australia
Score: 7.350
This is a slightly higher score than the previous report.

australia

9. Iceland
Score: 7.355
This is a slightly higher score than the previous report.

iceland

8. Austria
Score: 7.369
This is a slightly higher score than the previous report.

austria




7. Finland
Score: 7.389
This is a slightly lower score than the previous report.

finland

6. Canada
Score: 7.477
This is a slightly higher score than the previous report.

canada

5. Sweden
Score: 7.480
This is a slightly higher score than the previous report.

sweden

4. Netherlands
Score: 7.512
This is a slightly higher score than the previous report.

netherlands

3. Switzerland
Score: 7.650
This is a slightly higher score than the previous report.

switzerland

2. Norway
Score: 7.655
This is a slightly higher score than the previous report.

norway

1. Denmark
Score: 7.693
This is a slightly lower score than the previous report.

Denmark
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OddSpot

Well, not so much an OddSpot as a most interesting view on Happiness.

Siddhartha’s great insight was that suffering and happiness are mainly determined by psychology, by one’s state of mind, rather than by the relative presence or absence of material goods. To escape from suffering, an individual must have the right state of mind towards material good and also towards other people. Since possessions, sensual pleasures, and physical life itself are all transient, suffering can be overcome only by acknowledging the transience of all things and all relations, and living in mindfulness of that transience. Moreover, since all things and all people are naturally inter- dependent, with the untrained “ego” leading to a false sense of separation, we gain happiness by our compassion towards others.
Jeffrey D. Sachs – Page 82 of the World Happiness Report 2013.

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Top 10 Happiest Countries In The World

1. Denmark
2. Norway
3. Switzerland
4. Netherlands
5. Sweden
6. Canada
7. Finland
8. Austria
9. Iceland
10. Australia

Lyra Cam

Hi, I'm a marine biologist currently working in northern Queensland, Australia. I am fascinated by the amount of information we have access to and outside work I am addicted to researching unusual topics and summarizing my research in the form of lists.

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