What is the happiest country in 2019

The World Happiness Report 2019: The most important results

The 2019 World Happiness Report has just been published. Calvin Holbrook reports on the results of the report. In this the countries of the world are listed according to the satisfaction of their inhabitants and this time the report has some surprises in store.

The seventh World Happiness Report has just been published on the occasion of the International Day of Happiness on March 20, 2019. The main purpose of the report has been the same since its publication in 2012: to provide an overview of the scientific data that attempt to make measurable the often subjective matter of human well-being and happiness. What has changed in 2019 compared to previous years?

World Happiness Report: The Key Results of 2019

While some of the facts presented in the new edition of the World Happiness Report reflect much of what we already knew about global happiness, there are also some surprises.

It seems that the countries of the north are the biggest winners when it comes to levels of satisfaction. Finland has been named the happiest country in the world for the second time in a row, leading the top ten with astonishingly five Nordic nations.

The Scandinavian countries Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland took the top positions, with the Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada and Austria also making the top ten. Here is the full list:

World Happiness Report 2019: Top 10 Happiest Countries

1. Finland
2. Denmark
3. Norway
4. Iceland
5. Netherlands
6. Switzerland
7. Sweden
8. New Zealand
9. Canada
10. Austria

Four of these countries - Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and Finland - have already been in the top 10 in the last five world happiness reports. All of these countries have high scores for each of the six key categories used to measure well-being: income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust, and generosity.


What a prospect! No wonder the Norwegians are so happy.

According to the CEO of Copenhagen's Happiness Research Institute Meik Wiking, the five Nordic countries that are reliably rated "are doing something right to create good conditions for a good life", reported the Daily Mail.

He added that the happiness level he found was due to good scores on both personal freedom and social security values. These values ​​outweigh the fact that residents of these countries "have to pay some of the highest taxes in the world."

"In short, (Nordic countries) are good at turning wealth into wellbeing," said Wiking.

Four of these countries - Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and Finland - have already been in the top 10 in the last five world happiness reports.

Despite the current Brexit dilemma, which is causing misery across the UK, the UK managed to climb four places to 15th in the 2019 report, despite being behind Australia (11), Costa Rica (12), Israel (13) and Luxembourg lagged behind (14).

World Happiness Report 2019: The Losers

While President Donald Trump is apparently happy and pats himself on the back for his alleged successes in the United States, his compatriots apparently do not share this joy. This can be seen in the fact that the United States - one of the richest countries on earth - has slipped one more place on the World Happiness Report this year.

Indeed, while the country is becoming wealthier, it is certainly not becoming happier. Perhaps this confirms our knowledge that happiness cannot be bought.

The country is currently listed in 19th position in the report. Incredibly, as long as the UN publishes the report, the US has never been in the top ten. In fact, the 2019 ranking is an all-time low for the country.

The North African nation of South Sudan came last on the happiness index. It is understandable that the ten countries with the lowest ranking on the list are rife with war and poverty. These include Afghanistan, Rwanda, Yemen and Syria.

World Happiness Report: How It Works

It should be noted that the World Happiness Report, which is published annually by the UN Network for Sustainable Development, is based on scientific data. The index is essentially based on a survey of people in each of the 156 countries in the world.

Respondents are asked to imagine a ladder that depicts well-being in life. On this ladder they should now place themselves on a level from zero to ten. In addition, the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, a healthy life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom of choice and corruption are then taken into account to get a score for each country.

The most recent surveys are combined with previous surveys so that the authors can take into account the differences between the relative sample sizes and frequency of surveys in different countries. ●

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Written by Calvin Holbrook

Calvin edits happiness.com magazine, is an artist and loves swimming, yoga, dancing to house / techno and everything that has to do with vintage!
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