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UN report reveals world’s happiest countries

Where does Australia rank?

If you think old and cold a miserable country maketh, put on your winter beany and think again. 


For the second year in a row, the world’s happiest country is Scandinavian nation Finland, a new report has found.


Helsinki, Finland


The United Nations-commissioned World Happiness Reportranked 156 countries "by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be, according to their evaluations of their own lives". 


Released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, this year’s study focused on "happiness and the community", consideringsuch factors as social media, technology, social norms, conflicts and government policies. 


But perhaps there’s something in the water in Scandinavia and central Europe, with the world’s top seven happiest countries all hailing from those regions. 


Impressively, New Zealand placed eighth in the rankings just above Canada. 


Though it didn’t crack the top ten, Australia is still apparently a very happy place, finishing in 11th position. 


At the other end of the scale, the least happy countries in the world were deemed South Sudan, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Tanzania and Rwanda.


The top 20 happiest countries:  

1. Finland (7.769)

2. Denmark (7.600)

3. Norway (7.554)

4. Iceland (7.494)

5. Netherlands (7.488)

6. Switzerland (7.480)

7. Sweden (7.343)

8. New Zealand (7.307)

9. Canada (7.278)

10. Austria (7.246)

11. Australia (7.228)

12. Costa Rica (7.167)

13. Israel (7.139)

14. Luxembourg (7.090)

15. United Kingdom (7.054)

16. Ireland (7.021)

17. Germany (6.985)

18. Belgium (6.923)

19. United States (6.892)

20. Czech Republic (6.852)


Which nations do you think are the happiest?


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 25 March 2019

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