Which Country is the Happiest? New Report Ranks Joy Across the Globe

posted: 04/24/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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They say the grass is always greener on the other side, and unless you live in Switzerland, it's probably true. The 2015 World Happiness Report, released yesterday, names the neutral nation as the world's happiest. Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada round out the top five.

Researchers compiled the report using data from Gallup surveys. Respondents from 158 countries were polled regarding their perceptions of GDP, life expectancy, personal relationships, freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption and social generosity. Each country was ranked on a scale of 0 to 10; the average score was a mere 5.1.

"The aspiration of society is the flourishing of its members," said Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University. "This report gives evidence on how to achieve societal well-being. It's not by money alone, but also by fairness, honesty, trust, and good health. The evidence here will be useful to all countries as they pursue the new Sustainable Development Goals."

Togo ranked as the least happiest country.

Click here to read the full report


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