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Nordics trail Swiss on happiness. Switzerland tops the third annual World Happiness Index and second-place Iceland beats their four Nordic comrades. The report by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) also shows that Denmark and Norway occupy 3rd and 4th places, respectively. Finland is ranked the 6th happiest, with Sweden coming 8th out of the 158 countries in the surveyed.

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Nordics trail Swiss on happiness

Published on Saturday, 25th April, 2015 at 18:27 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last Updated on 26th April 2015 at 00:25.

Switzerland tops the third annual World Happiness Index and second-place Iceland beats their four Nordic comrades.

Swiss Jungfrau mountains
Swiss Jungfrau mountains
Photo: Peter Alder/Wikimedia Commons


The report by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) also shows that Denmark and Norway occupy 3rd and 4th places, respectively.

Finland is ranked the 6th happiest, with Sweden coming 8th out of the 158 countries in the surveyed.

This third annual study bases its rankings on data from Gallup World Poll and takes into account several factors.

These are the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita, life expectancy, social support, corruption, and freedom to make life choices.

The annual reports are aimed at influencing government policies, reviewing the state of happiness in the world, and showing the need for more attention to happiness.

“2015 is a watershed for humanity, with the pending adoption by UN member states of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September to help guide the world community towards a more inclusive and sustainable pattern of global development,” editors John Helliwell, Richard Layard, and Jeffrey Sachs state.

“The concepts of happiness and well-being are very likely to help guide progress towards sustainable development.”

According to the report, the 10 happiest countries in the world are:

Switzerland (1st)
Iceland
Denmark
Norway
Canada
Finland
Netherlands
Sweden
New Zealand
Australia

The 10 least happy countries (in descending order) were:

Chad (149th)                                           
Guinea
Ivory Coast
Burkina Faso
Afghanistan
Rwanda
Benin
Syria
Burundi
Togo

SDSN is an initiative under the United Nations, publishing the first study in 2012. The second was published in 2013, with this year’s report being published on 23rd April on the eve of the presidential elections in Togo.

The full report can be downloaded here.

Britain’s The Telegraph has an article by Oliver Smith as to why he thinks  Switzerland is so happy.



Published on Saturday, 25th April, 2015 at 18:27 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last updated on 26th April 2015 at 00:25.

This post has the following tags: switzerland, nordics, happiness.





  
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