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Do you live in one of the new 10 happiest countries in the world?

Americans, prepare to be surprised (or not)

Do you live in one of the new 10 happiest countries in the world?
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Does your home country feature in the top 10 of the World Happiness Report?

The World Happiness Report 2017 is out and as usual, Scandinavia scores highly – with Norway coming out top.

Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland round out the top five. Norway climbs three spaces up from number four last year.

Furthermore, the Netherlands and Sweden make the top 10.

Bottom of the list of 155 countries is Central African Republic, followed by Burundi, Tanzania, Syria and Rwanda.

Meanwhile, the US comes in at number 14, and the UK at a disappointing number 19.

The research also found that people in China are no happier than 20 years ago.

The report is released every year to mark the International Day of Happiness (20 March). It started in 2012.

A number of factors were considered when compiling the list, including freedom, health, income and good governance.

In a statement, a representative for the World Happiness Report explained some of the reasons behind Norway’s success.

‘It is sometimes said that Norway achieves and maintains its high happiness not because of its oil wealth, but in spite of it,’ they said.

‘By choosing to produce its oil slowly, and investing the proceeds for the future rather than spending them in the present, Norway has insulated itself from the boom and bust cycle of many other resource-rich economies.

‘To do this successfully requires high levels of mutual trust, shared purpose, generosity and good governance, all factors that help to keep Norway and other top countries where they are in the happiness rankings.’

For more information about the report, visit the official website here.

Here’s the top 10 in full:

10 Sweden

9 Australia

8 New Zealand

7 Canada

6 Netherlands

5 Finland

4 Switzerland

3 Iceland

2 Denmark

1 Norway


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