Happiest Countries In The World 2020

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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.

Happiest Countries In The World 2020

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Happiest Countries In The World 2020

Country Happiness Rank Happiness Score Population 2020
Finland17.7695,540,720
Denmark27.65,792,202
Norway37.5545,421,241
Iceland47.494341,243
Netherlands57.48817,134,872
Switzerland67.488,654,622
Sweden77.34310,099,265
New Zealand87.3074,822,233
Canada97.27837,742,154
Austria107.2469,006,398
Australia117.22825,499,884
Costa Rica127.1675,094,118
Israel137.1398,655,535
Luxembourg147.09625,978
United Kingdom157.05467,886,011
Ireland167.0214,937,786
Germany176.98583,783,942
Belgium186.92311,589,623
United States196.892331,002,651
Czech Republic206.85210,708,981
United Arab Emirates216.8259,890,402
Malta226.726441,543
Mexico236.595128,932,753
France246.59265,273,511
Taiwan256.44623,816,775
Chile266.44419,116,201
Guatemala276.43617,915,568
Saudi Arabia286.37534,813,871
Qatar296.3742,881,053
Spain306.35446,754,778
Panama316.3214,314,767
Brazil326.3212,559,417
Uruguay336.2933,473,730
Singapore346.2625,850,342
El Salvador356.2536,486,205
Italy366.22360,461,826
Bahrain376.1991,701,575
Slovakia386.1985,459,642
Trinidad And Tobago396.1921,399,488
Poland406.18237,846,611
Uzbekistan416.17433,469,203
Lithuania426.1492,722,289
Colombia436.12550,882,891
Slovenia446.1182,078,938
Nicaragua456.1056,624,554
Argentina476.08645,195,774
Romania486.0719,237,691
Cyprus496.0461,207,359
Ecuador506.02817,643,054
Kuwait516.0214,270,571
Thailand526.00869,799,978
Latvia535.941,886,198
South Korea545.89551,269,185
Estonia555.8931,326,535
Jamaica565.892,961,167
Mauritius575.8881,271,768
Japan585.886126,476,461
Honduras595.869,904,607
Kazakhstan605.80918,776,707
Bolivia615.77911,673,021
Hungary625.7589,660,351
Paraguay635.7437,132,538
Peru655.69732,971,854
Portugal665.69310,196,709
Pakistan675.653220,892,340
Russia685.648145,934,462
Philippines695.631109,581,078
Serbia705.6038,737,371
Moldova715.5294,033,963
Libya725.5256,871,292
Montenegro735.523628,066
Tajikistan745.4679,537,645
Croatia755.4324,105,267
Hong Kong765.437,496,981
Dominican Republic775.42510,847,910
Bosnia And Herzegovina785.3863,280,819
Turkey795.37384,339,067
Malaysia805.33932,365,999
Belarus815.3239,449,323
Greece825.28710,423,054
Mongolia835.2853,278,290
Macedonia845.2742,083,374
Nigeria855.265206,139,589
Kyrgyzstan865.2616,524,195
Turkmenistan875.2476,031,200
Algeria885.21143,851,044
Morocco895.20836,910,560
Azerbaijan905.20810,139,177
Lebanon915.1976,825,445
Indonesia925.192273,523,615
China935.1911,439,323,776
Vietnam945.17597,338,579
Bhutan955.082771,608
Cameroon965.04426,545,863
Bulgaria975.0116,948,445
Ghana984.99631,072,940
Ivory Coast994.94426,378,274
Nepal1004.91329,136,808
Jordan1014.90610,203,134
Benin1024.88312,123,200
Republic Of The Congo1034.8125,518,087
Gabon1044.7992,225,734
Laos1054.7967,275,560
South Africa1064.72259,308,690
Albania1074.7192,877,797
Venezuela1084.70728,435,940
Cambodia1094.716,718,965
Palestine1104.6965,101,414
Senegal1114.68116,743,927
Somalia1124.66815,893,222
Namibia1134.6392,540,905
Niger1144.62824,206,644
Burkina Faso1154.58720,903,273
Armenia1164.5592,963,243
Iran1174.54883,992,949
Guinea1184.53413,132,795
Georgia1194.5193,989,167
Gambia1204.5162,416,668
Kenya1214.50953,771,296
Mauritania1224.494,649,658
Mozambique1234.46631,255,435
Tunisia1244.46111,818,619
Bangladesh1254.456164,689,383
Iraq1264.43740,222,493
Dr Congo1274.41889,561,403
Mali1284.3920,250,833
Sierra Leone1294.3747,976,983
Sri Lanka1304.36621,413,249
Myanmar1314.3654,409,800
Chad1324.3516,425,864
Ukraine1334.33243,733,762
Ethiopia1344.286114,963,588
Swaziland1354.2121,160,164
Uganda1364.18945,741,007
Egypt1374.166102,334,404
Zambia1384.10718,383,955
Togo1394.0858,278,724
India1404.0151,380,004,385
Liberia1413.9755,057,681
Comoros1423.973869,601
Madagascar1433.93327,691,018
Lesotho1443.8022,142,249
Burundi1453.77511,890,784
Zimbabwe1463.66314,862,924
Haiti1473.59711,402,528
Botswana1483.4882,351,627
Syria1493.46217,500,658
Malawi1503.4119,129,952
Yemen1513.3829,825,964
Rwanda1523.33412,952,218
Tanzania1533.23159,734,218
Afghanistan1543.20338,928,346
Central African Republic1553.0834,829,767
South Sudan1562.85311,193,725