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Ranks happiest countries 2017

By BBC

The new World Happiness Report 2017, determined that Norway is the happiest country in the world by 2017, analyzing the situation in 155 countries.

The report, compiled by the Sustainable Network Solutions Development (SDSN), was launched this Monday, March 20, by the UN.

Norway, with an index of happiness of 7.54 points, moved from the first place to Denmark, the other of four Nordic countries that occupy the first five positions.

This shows that per capita income is not the determining factor when it comes to measuring the emotional well-being of the population, according to the parameters used by the SDSN.

According to the report, Americans' happiness score fell 5% to 6.99 points in the last decade.


Happiness is Latin American

And in Latin America?

Costa Rica, ranked 12th, is the best Latin American country in the ranking. It is followed by Chile (20), Brazil (22), Argentina (24) and Mexico (25).

The country of the region that increased its rating of happiness was Nicaragua, with 6.07 points, which ranked 47th.

In contrast Venezuela, with a rating of 5.25, was the one that most descended and was in position 82.

Honduras (94) and Haiti (145) are the countries with the worst records in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Money is not everything, but ...

The SDSN report was based on six factors to develop the ranking: per capita income, health and life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and social support in an environment of minimal corruption in private and government institutions.

The wealth of a country, although important, is not a prime factor in the measure of happiness, says the report.

As evidence, it stands out that US income Rose during the last decade but the rates of happiness fell.

"Happy countries are those who have a healthy balance of prosperity, conventionally measured, and social capital, which means a high degree of faith in society, low inequality and confidence in government," Jeffery Sachs, Director of the SDSN and special adviser of the Secretary General of the ONU.

Not in vain do many Nordic countries, which promote a solid social security, occupy the top ten positions on the list. In these countries a sense of community and an understanding of aspiring for the common good is recognized.

The United States, for its part, fell in the ranking due to inequality, mistrust and corruption, Sachs said.

He added that the economic measures seeking to introduce the new administration of President Donald Trump will make things worse.


Here the list with the corresponding score for each country:

  • 1. Norway (7.537)
  • 2. Denmark (7.522)
  • 3. Iceland (7.504)
  • 4. Switzerland (7.494)
  • 5. Finland (7.469)
  • 6. Netherlands (7.377)
  • 7. Canada (7.316)
  • 8. New Zealand (7.314)
  • 9. Australia (7.284)
  • 10. Sweden (7.284)
  • 11. Israel (7.213)
  • 12. Costa Rica (7.079)
  • 13. Austria (7.006)
  • 14. United States (6.993)
  • 15. Ireland (6.977)
  • 16. Germany (6.951)
  • 17. Belgium (6.891)
  • 18. Luxembourg (6.863)
  • 19. United Kingdom (6.714)
  • 20. Chile (6.652)
  • 21. United Arab Emirates (6.648)
  • 22. Brazil (6.635)
  • 23. Czech Republic (6.609)
  • 24. Argentina (6.599)
  • 25. Mexico (6.578)
  • 26. Singapore (6.572)
  • 27. Malta (6.527)
  • 28. Uruguay (6.454)
  • 29. Guatemala (6.454)
  • 30. Panama (6.452)
  • 31. France (6.442)
  • 32. Thailand (6.424)
  • 33. Taiwan (6.422)
  • 34. Spain (6.403)
  • 35. Qatar (6.375)
  • 36. Colombia (6.357)
  • 37. Saudi Arabia (6.344)
  • 38. Trinidad and Tobago (6.168)
  • 39. Kuwait (6.105)
  • 40. Slovakia (6.098)
  • 41. Bahrain (6.087)
  • 42. Malaysia (6.084)
  • 43. Nicaragua (6.071)
  • 44. Ecuador (6.008)
  • 45. El Salvador (6.003)
  • 46. Poland (5.973)
  • 47. Uzbekistan (5.971)
  • 48. Italy (5.964)
  • 49. Russia (5.963)
  • 50. Belize (5.956)
  • 51. Japan (5.920)
  • 52. Lithuania (5.902)
  • 53. Algeria (5.872)
  • 54. Latvia (5.850)
  • 55. Moldova (5.838)
  • 56. South Korea (5.838)
  • 57. Romania (5.825)
  • 58. Bolivia (5.823)
  • 59. Turkmenistan (5.822)
  • 60. Kazakhstan (5.819)
  • 61. North Cyprus (5.810)
  • 62. Slovenia (5.758)
  • 63. Peru (5.715)
  • 64. Mauritius (5.629)
  • 65. Cyprus (5.621)
  • 66. Estonia (5.611)
  • 67. Belarus (5.569)
  • 68. Libya (5.525)
  • 69. Turkey (5.500)
  • 70. Paraguay (5.493)
  • 71. Hong Kong (5.472)
  • 72. Philippines (5.430)
  • 73. Serbia (5.395)
  • 74. Jordan (5.336)
  • 75. Hungary (5.324)
  • 76. Jamaica (5.311)
  • 77. Croatia (5.293)
  • 78. Kosovo (5.279)
  • 79. China (5.273)
  • 80. Pakistan (5.269)
  • 81. Indonesia (5.262)
  • 82. Venezuela (5.250)
  • 83. Montenegro (5.237)
  • 84. Morocco (5.235)
  • 85. Azerbaijan (5.234)
  • 86. Dominican Republic (5.230)
  • 87. Greece (5.227)
  • 88. Lebanon (5.225)
  • 89. Portugal (5.195)
  • 90. Bosnia and Herzegovina (5.182)
  • 91. Honduras (5.181)
  • 92. Macedonia (5.175)
  • 93. Somalia (5.151)
  • 94. Vietnam (5.074)
  • 95. Nigeria (5.074)
  • 96. Tajikistan (5.041)
  • 97. Bhutan (5.011)
  • 98. Kyrgyzstan (5.004)
  • 99. Nepal (4.962)
  • 100. Mongolia (4.955)
  • 101. South Africa (4.829)
  • 102. Tunisia (4.805)
  • 103. Palestinian Territories (4.775)
  • 104. Egypt (4.735)
  • 105. Bulgaria (4.714)
  • 106. Sierra Leone (4.709)
  • 107. Cameroon (4.695)
  • 108. Iran (4.692)
  • 109. Albania (4.644)
  • 110. Bangladesh (4.608)
  • 111. Namibia (4.574)
  • 112. Kenya (4.553)
  • 113. Mozambique (4.550)
  • 114. Myanmar (4.545)
  • 115. Senegal (4.535)
  • 116. Zambia (4.514)
  • 117. Iraq (4.497)
  • 118. Gabon (4.465)
  • 119. Ethiopia (4.460)
  • 120. Sri Lanka (4.440)
  • 121. Armenia (4.376)
  • 122. India (4.315)
  • 123. Mauritania (4.292)
  • 124. Congo (Brazzaville) (4.291)
  • 125. Georgia (4.286)
  • 126. Congo (Kinshasa) (4.280)
  • 127. Mali (4.190)
  • 128. Ivory Coast (4.180)
  • 129. Cambodia (4.168)
  • 130. Sudan (4.139)
  • 131. Ghana (4.120)
  • 132. Ukraine (4.096)
  • 133. Uganda (4.081)
  • 134. Burkina Faso (4.032)
  • 135. Niger (4.028)
  • 136. Malawi (3.970)
  • 137. Chad (3.936)
  • 138. Zimbabwe (3.875)
  • 139. Lesotho (3.808)
  • 140. Angola (3.795)
  • 141. Afghanistan (3.794)
  • 142. Botswana (3.766)
  • 143. Benin (3.657)
  • 144. Madagascar (3.644)
  • 145. Haiti (3.603)
  • 146. Yemen (3.593)
  • 147. South Sudan (3.591)
  • 148. Liberia (3.533)
  • 149. Guinea (3.507)
  • 150. Togo (3.495)
  • 151. Rwanda (3.471)
  • 152. Syria (3.462)
  • 153. Tanzania (3.349)
  • 154. Burundi (2.905)
  • 155. Central African Republic (2.693)

However, he said, it does require some money to reach a level of happiness, which is demonstrated by the countries at the end of the list that are in desperate poverty.


You can see the full report here