NEW YORK, U.S. — The World Happiness Report 2017, which ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels, was released yesterday at the United Nations at an event celebrating International Day of Happiness.
The report, the fifth one to come out since 2012, continues to gain global recognition as governments, organizations and civil society increasingly use happiness indicators to inform their policy-making decisions.
In addition to the rankings, this year’s report includes an analysis of happiness in the workplace and a deeper look at China and Africa.
“The World Happiness Report,” said Jeffrey Sachs Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, “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 ranks as the happiest country, jumping three spots from last year and displacing Denmark, which had held the top spot for three out of the past four years.
Rounding out the rest of the top ten in order are Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden. The U.S. ranked 14th dropping down one spot from last year.
Despite recent declines in oil prices, oil-rich Norway still moved into the top spot, illustrating once more that high happiness depends on much more than income.
“It’s a remarkable case in point,” said Professor John Helliwell of the University of British Columbia.
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