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Where does the US rank in the "World Happiness Report"?

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Posted at 7:50 PM, Mar 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-21 10:56:24-04

There is apparently a lot to be happy about in Finland. It took the top spot in the 2022 World Happiness Report.

The report looks at a variety of factors to come up with its rankings, including life expectancy, GDP, social support, and perception of corruption.

Generosity and freedoms are also measured in the report.

The World Happiness Report website states:

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Happiness Report, which uses global survey data to report on how people evaluate their own lives in more than 150 countries around the world. Since it was first published, the World Happiness Report has been based on two key ideas: that happiness or life evaluation can be measured through opinion surveys, and that we can identify key determinants of well-being and thereby explain the patterns of life evaluation across countries. This information, in turn, can help countries to craft policies aimed at achieving happier societies.

The U.S. ranks 16th on the list, between Canada and the United Kingdom. The U.S. received high marks in the GDP and social support categories.

The top five countries:

  • Finland
  • Denmark
  • Iceland
  • Switzerland
  • Netherlands

The bottom five countries:

  • Botswana
  • Rwanda
  • Zimbabwe
  • Lebanon
  • Afghanistan