World Happiness Report: Denmark is the Happiest, the US Came in 11th, UK in 18th

By on Apr 4, 2012 in Announcement, Europe, United States, World Comments

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The World Happiness Report was released at the UN’s Conference on Happiness, as edited by John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey Sachs. This was disclosed by international news sites, April 3, 2012.

Denmark is the happiest country, with well-developed countries, like the US and the UK ranking only in the 11th and 18th spot, respectively.

According to the report, the happiest countries that were ranked at the top 20 are:

1. Denmark

2. Finland

3. Norway

4. Netherlands

5. Canada

6. Switzerland

7. Sweden

8. New Zealand

9. Australia

10. Ireland

11. USA

12. Costa Rica

13. Austria

14. Israel

15. Belgium

16. Luxembourg

17. United Arab Emirates

18. United Kingdom

19. Venezuela

20. Iceland

Their rankings were based on polls taken from 2005 to 2011:

Reportedly Jeffrey Sachs said:

‘The U.S. has had a three-time increase of gross national product per capita since 1960, but the happiness needle hasn’t budged.’

The results of the World Happiness Report indicated that social relations and general health were more important than economic growth. Extremely poor countries however ranked poorly, though, like Haiti and Togo. Togo was ranked last in the list.

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