Which Country is the Happiest in the World?

July 2, 2015

8:00 pm

Despite what some people may have thought and in spite of our country’s deficiencies, it seems that the United States isn’t such a terrible country to live in. According to the 2015 World Happiness Report produced by the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Systems Network, our dear U.S. ranks in 15th place overall. Surely, that should start off your Independence Day weekend on the right foot.

Unsurprisingly, every one of the Nordic nations make it into the top 10 spots – with countries like Switzerland, Norway, and Denmark filling in three of the top 5 spots. Again, not surprising considering the vast amount of wealth in each of those countries – coupled, of course, with their placement of high value in leisure. All five Nordic countries are also among the most advanced in terms of human capital, translating into highly intelligent and modern societies. All of these factors contribute to a much higher level of happiness overall – and all factors are measured by the World Happiness Report.

The variables used to determine overall happiness per country included considerations to things like GDP per capita, health life expectancy, generosity, social support, perceptions of corruptions, and social freedoms (as in: the freedom to make certain life choices). With recent rulings regarding marriage equality and health care, we shouldn’t entirely rule out the possibility that the United States could break into the top 10 spots come next year.

Check out the full rankings for the world’s happiest countries, below:

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(H/T WEF Blog)

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things.

Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in ‘Doctor Who’, Murakami, ‘The Mindy Project’, and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a “writer”. Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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