Now more than ever, Norwegians have more reason to cherish and celebrate this year’s International Day of Happiness, why? Well, simply because they are 2017’s happiest country as of late!
After they ranked fourth place for the past couple of years, Norway jumped three spots and overtook the then defending champion Denmark for the “World’s Happiest Country” title for the very first time this year.
Denmark for its part dropped to 2nd place this 2017, next are Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden (both tied on the 9th place) as per the latest World Happiness Report which was released Monday by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Happiness Is Relative & Means A Lot of Things!
If you equate happiness with money, then you are completely WRONG! Happiness is not just about money. Although at times, it can be a part of it. The real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita is one of the leading parameters for the said report.
Other important aspects included healthy life expectancy, perceived freedom to make major life choices, generosity, lack of corruption, and many more. They further elaborated that happiness is the best measure for human welfare aside from other measures as health, good government, income, literacy, and education.
Jeffrey Sachs, the report’s co-editor and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, in a statement revealed: “The World Happiness Report continues to draw global attention around the need to create sound policy for what matters most to people — their well-being, as demonstrated by many countries, 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.”
Norway is now the happiest country in the world, this is according to a report from the United Nations. The UN’s annual World Happiness Report has seen Norway displace Denmark, its leading Scandinavian rival off the happiness charts. While Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden made it to the top 10, while United Kingdom landed the 19th spot. This is a great improvement for UK since the 2016 report where it was found on the 23rd spot.
Norway’s sudden leap to the top was something of a surprise for Norwegians, as they had finished fourth for the past couple of years. On the other hand, Denmark won the happiness title about four times to date and Switzerland previously won one for its name.
Want to know the other HAPPY countries out there? Check the full report here.