Happiest Countries In The World 2019

Ever since April of 2002, a group of collaborative individuals have released an annual report in which they detail the happiness levels of people around the world, according to the countries in which people live. As of 2019, the World Happiness Report determined that Finland is the happiest country in the world.

The report looks at countries in respect to their performance regarding six particular variables…

Gross domestic product per capita Social support Healthy life expectancy Freedom to make your own life choices Generosity of general population Perceptions of internal and external corruption levels

By relating all of the countries around the world individually to a made-up country called Dystopia, the researchers were able to configure a baseline to which they could compare all other countries. This enabled the study to have something to base the conclusions on rather than not providing any sort of rock bottom.

The country with the highest score was Finland, which is a European country. Fascinating enough, every single country in the top five spots for happiest countries in the world are European countries. Finland is followed in order by Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and the Netherlands. All six variables are considered when defining a score for each country.

The lowest-scoring country in the World Happiness Report of 2019 is South Sudan. With a total ranking of 2.853, South Sudan appears to have a very short life expectancy rate, paired with low gross domestic product rates per capita, though the percentage of generosity within the country is relatively decent. People seem to feel supported to a reasonable degree in South Sudan, which is amazing.

However, where the country fails to excel most is in the category of the freedom to make your own life choices as a citizen of South Sudan. There is no indication whatsoever that freedom is an option for South Sudanese residents, which looks to be quite a necessary factor in order to a country to rank well on the happiness chart. Afghanistan is the third least happy country in the world and the data is void of any amount of freedom to make personal life choices for Afghanistan as well.

Here is some background information about the top five countries on the list of the happiest countries in the world, based on the 2019 edition of the World Happiness Report.

Finland

Finland ranks as the happiest country in the world based on data collected for the projection of the 2019 report. The total score of Finland, if you will, is 7.769 out of a total possible score of 10. The GDP per capita of Finland is just under 2.5 and the overall feeling that there is communal support among citizens of Finland is around 2.5 as well.

The fact that people feel reassured by others in the country speaks volumes, especially because it can be quite difficult to be happy if you do not feel you are supported or if you don't have a support system backing you and your decisions. The freedom to make choices in Finland appears to be alive and well, and if you glance at the scores within this variable among the happier countries, it is evident that this sense of freedom is rather pertinent where happiness is involved.

There is a very low percentage of people who believe that there is a wealth of generosity in Finland, which paints the picture that maybe generosity is not as important for overall happiness among people and within cultures. There is a ladder bar of about 0.3 that depicts Finnish people's perception of corruption, but because the other variables are so high-ranking, the positive feelings they elicit diminish the negativity that corruption may bring to mind.

Denmark

The second happiest country on the list is Denmark, which trails behind Finland with a ranking of 7.600 -- a mere 0.169 points away from matching Finland. The values for each of the six variables as they relate to Denmark are fairly similar to those of Finland. The primary difference between the two countries relates to generosity and perceptual corruption.

Denmark has a slightly higher calculation of generosity, and the same goes for the perceived amount of corruption within the country. If you look closely enough, you will see that there is a relatively higher level of corruption perceived by those in Denmark than those in Finland, which is major enough to drop Denmark into second place.

Norway

As the third happiest country in the world, Norway scored a total of 7.554 out of the possible ten. Norway has a higher bar representing the level of generosity in the country, in comparison to that of Finland and Denmark. In fact, all of the categorical color-coded bars appear to be lengthier than those of Finland and Denmark. Where Norway loses leverage is with its residual value in relation to Dystopia. In tandem with that point is the smaller bar denoting the 95% confidence interval.

Iceland

Iceland ranks as the fourth happiest country in the entire world, with a grand total rank of 7.494 out of ten. Of the top five happiest countries around the globe, Iceland has the lowest amount of perceived corruption. The country's overall social incorporation of support systems is somewhat greater than the other five countries, though it is not quite significant enough to make much of a difference or kick another country out of a higher-ranking placeholder and insert Iceland in its place.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands is the fifth and final of the top five happiest countries in the world. The Netherlands has an overall ranking of 7.488. The countries included in the report make a slow descent as they go from the happiest to the least happy. The Netherlands follows suit, but it is not a drastic jump from Finland to the Netherlands, surprisingly.

The Netherlands only ranks a small 0.281 less than Finland, the happiest country in the world, so the discrepancy really isn't that large between Finland and the Netherlands. The Netherlands has a similar GDP per capita in relation to Finland, while the life expectancy rate of the Netherlands is slightly higher than that of Finland. It’s all about perspective.

Country Happiness Rank Happiness Score Population 2019
Finland17.7695,532,156
Denmark27.65,771,876
Norway37.5545,378,857
Iceland47.494339,031
Netherlands57.48817,097,130
Switzerland67.488,591,365
Sweden77.34310,036,379
New Zealand87.3074,783,063
Canada97.27837,411,047
Austria107.2468,955,102
Australia117.22825,203,198
Costa Rica127.1675,047,561
Israel137.1398,519,377
Luxembourg147.09615,729
United Kingdom157.05467,530,172
Ireland167.0214,882,495
Germany176.98583,517,045
Belgium186.92311,539,328
United States196.892329,064,917
Czech Republic206.85210,689,209
United Arab Emirates216.8259,770,529
Malta226.726440,372
Mexico236.595127,575,529
France246.59265,129,728
Taiwan256.44623,773,876
Chile266.44418,952,038
Guatemala276.43617,581,472
Saudi Arabia286.37534,268,528
Qatar296.3742,832,067
Spain306.35446,736,776
Panama316.3214,246,439
Brazil326.3211,049,527
Uruguay336.2933,461,734
Singapore346.2625,804,337
El Salvador356.2536,453,553
Italy366.22360,550,075
Bahrain376.1991,641,172
Slovakia386.1985,457,013
Trinidad And Tobago396.1921,394,973
Poland406.18237,887,768
Uzbekistan416.17432,981,716
Lithuania426.1492,759,627
Colombia436.12550,339,443
Slovenia446.1182,078,654
Nicaragua456.1056,545,502
Argentina476.08644,780,677
Romania486.0719,364,557
Ecuador506.02817,373,662
Kuwait516.0214,207,083
Thailand526.00869,625,582
Latvia535.941,906,743
South Korea545.89551,225,308
Estonia555.8931,325,648
Jamaica565.892,948,279
Mauritius575.8881,269,668
Japan585.886126,860,301
Honduras595.869,746,117
Kazakhstan605.80918,551,427
Bolivia615.77911,513,100
Hungary625.7589,684,679
Paraguay635.7437,044,636
Cyprus645.7181,198,575
Peru655.69732,510,453
Portugal665.69310,226,187
Pakistan675.653216,565,318
Russia685.648145,872,256
Philippines695.631108,116,615
Serbia705.6038,772,235
Moldova715.5294,043,263
Libya725.5256,777,452
Montenegro735.523627,987
Tajikistan745.4679,321,018
Croatia755.4324,130,304
Hong Kong765.437,436,154
Dominican Republic775.42510,738,958
Bosnia And Herzegovina785.3863,301,000
Turkey795.37383,429,615
Malaysia805.33931,949,777
Belarus815.3239,452,411
Greece825.28710,473,455
Mongolia835.2853,225,167
Nigeria855.265200,963,599
Kyrgyzstan865.2616,415,850
Turkmenistan875.2475,942,089
Algeria885.21143,053,054
Morocco895.20836,471,769
Azerbaijan905.20810,047,718
Lebanon915.1976,855,713
Indonesia925.192270,625,568
China935.1911,433,783,686
Vietnam945.17596,462,106
Bhutan955.082763,092
Cameroon965.04425,876,380
Bulgaria975.0117,000,119
Ghana984.99630,417,856
Ivory Coast994.94425,716,544
Nepal1004.91328,608,710
Jordan1014.90610,101,694
Benin1024.88311,801,151
Republic Of The Congo1034.8125,380,508
Gabon1044.7992,172,579
Laos1054.7967,169,455
South Africa1064.72258,558,270
Albania1074.7192,880,917
Venezuela1084.70728,515,829
Cambodia1094.716,486,542
Palestine1104.6964,981,420
Senegal1114.68116,296,364
Somalia1124.66815,442,905
Namibia1134.6392,494,530
Niger1144.62823,310,715
Burkina Faso1154.58720,321,378
Armenia1164.5592,957,731
Iran1174.54882,913,906
Guinea1184.53412,771,246
Georgia1194.5193,996,765
Gambia1204.5162,347,706
Kenya1214.50952,573,973
Mauritania1224.494,525,696
Mozambique1234.46630,366,036
Tunisia1244.46111,694,719
Bangladesh1254.456163,046,161
Iraq1264.43739,309,783
Dr Congo1274.41886,790,567
Mali1284.3919,658,031
Sierra Leone1294.3747,813,215
Sri Lanka1304.36621,323,733
Myanmar1314.3654,045,420
Chad1324.3515,946,876
Ukraine1334.33243,993,638
Ethiopia1344.286112,078,730
Uganda1364.18944,269,594
Egypt1374.166100,388,073
Zambia1384.10717,861,030
Togo1394.0858,082,366
India1404.0151,366,417,754
Liberia1413.9754,937,374
Comoros1423.973850,886
Madagascar1433.93326,969,307
Lesotho1443.8022,125,268
Burundi1453.77511,530,580
Zimbabwe1463.66314,645,468
Haiti1473.59711,263,077
Botswana1483.4882,303,697
Syria1493.46217,070,135
Malawi1503.4118,628,747
Yemen1513.3829,161,922
Rwanda1523.33412,626,950
Tanzania1533.23158,005,463
Afghanistan1543.20338,041,754
Central African Republic1553.0834,745,185
South Sudan1562.85311,062,113