Measuring things like population, birth rate, lifespan, and other characteristics of a nation is easy, but how do you measure something like happiness? Though there is no comprehensive way to measure the happiness of an entire nation, the United Nations has come up with a solution. Through its Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the UN has come up with The World Happiness Report.
As of June 2019, the most recent report was released on March 20, 2019, which has been declared the International Day of Happiness by the UN. Data from 156 countries is used to rank each nation.
This report looks at six different variables that contribute to happiness. In the report, income, trust, life expectancy, social support, freedom, and generosity are considered to determine which states have the best overall well-being and, in turn, are the happiest in the world.
Per the latest report, Finland was determined to be the world’s happiest country. It isn’t just the native-born citizens, either. The immigrants that have come to Finland are among the happiest in the world due to the way of life in this nation. Generosity, trust in the nation’s government, and freedom are among the reasons that Finland takes the top spot in this report. Finland was also named the happiest country in the 2018 report.
Other nations that topped the list of the happiest countries in the world include:
In the prior year’s report, these nations all made the top 10 but in a slightly different order:
- The Netherlands
- New Zealand
While these nations top the list, there are other nations that rank poorly in the UN’s report. Problems including a lack of freedom, corrupt governments, and poverty contribute to these nation’s low rankings. According to the 2019 report, the least happiest countries in the world include: