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Norway tops global happiness index. The Scandinavian country climbs to the top of the table despite the oil price downturn. It also consistently retains its position among the top ten. Latest results show that Norway has moved up three places since from its 2016 position. It overtook last year’s winner Switzerland – when the oil dependent country came in fourth – as well as Nordic peers Denmark and Iceland.

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Norway tops global happiness index

Published on Monday, 20th March, 2017 at 23:27 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan.

The Scandinavian country climbs to the top of the table despite the oil price downturn. It also consistently retains its position among the top ten.

Norwegian flag over Bergen
Norwegian flag over Bergen
Photo: alex-s/Flickr


Latest results show that Norway has moved up three places since from its 2016 position.

It overtook last year’s winner Switzerland – when the oil dependent country came in fourth – as well as Nordic peers Denmark and Iceland.

Finland moved up one place to fifth position, passing Canada. In other year-on-year results, Sweden moved down two positions to come in at tenth in the latest edition.

According to the report’s authors, “Norway has insulated itself from the boom and bust cycle of many other resource-rich economies by choosing to produce its oil slowly, and investing the proceeds for the future rather than spending them in the present.”

Norway has also stayed in the top ten since the Index was first published in 2012. This is despite over 30,000 jobs in the oil industry having being cut by 2016.

One-fifth of the Scandinavian country’s economic input relies on the oil and gas industry.

Conducted by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the World Happiness Report ranks 156 countries by different categories.

These factors include GDP per capita, healthy years of life expectancy, social support towards those in times of trouble, trust of government and business in terms of corruption, perceived freedom, and generosity measured by donations.

The top, in descending order, are:         

Norway (1st)                                     
Denmark (2nd)
Iceland (3rd)
Switzerland (4th)
Finland (5th)
Netherlands (6th)
Canada (7th)
New Zealand (8th)
Australia (9th)
Sweden (10th)

The bottom ten, again, in descending order, are:                     

Yemen (146th)
South Sudan (147th)
Liberia (148th)
Guinea (149th)
Togo (150th)
Rwanda (151st)
Syria (152nd)
Tanzania (153rd)
Burundi (154th)
Central African Republic (155th)

Published since April 2012, the World Happiness Report is now released on 20th March on the occasion of World Happiness Day.

The full report can be found here.



Published on Monday, 20th March, 2017 at 23:27 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan.

This post has the following tags: nordics, happiness, report, poll, paywall.





  
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