What’s the happiest country in the world, you ask? Norway is!
March 20th is UN World Happiness Day and as it has done for the past five years, the United Nations has ranked 155 countries based on their level of Happiness.
If you think things in the USA seem a little bleak, you are correct. The United States has been trending downward every year since the study began.
This year the US is down to #14, one spot down from 2016 and down from #11 when the study began in 2012.
According to the director of the study’s UN initiative, the US is less happy because of distrust, inequality and corruption despite wages having grown in the past decade. The study ranks countries based on six factors– per capita gross domestic product, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, social support and absence of corruption in government or business. Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden round out the top ten countries.
While South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Central African Republic were at the bottom. Bhutan, the United Arab Emirates and other countries who have appointed Ministers of Happiness and the director at the UN said he would like to see more countries follow suit.