Well, the results are in and it looks like Norway takes home the crown for the happiest country in the world.
What a shocker, another Nordic country.
Norway has hit the top spot knocking last year’s winner Denmark to number two.
So what makes Norway the happiest country in the world?
Is it the cold weather?
Is it the food?
Despite falling oil prices- a key export of Norway’s economy, everyone appears to be in good spirits.
The report was based on social happiness, levels of caring, freedom, honesty, health and income. It doesn’t really come as a surprise the Nordic countries have a good sense of community and general understanding of the common good.
Image: Ranking of Happiness (Part 1)
What does come as a surprise is the fact that the United States of America has dropped on the happiness chart despite its income rising.
Definitive proof that money can’t buy you happiness.
It’s the human things that matter. If the riches make it harder to have frequent and trustworthy relationship between people, is it worth it?
asked John Helliwell, the lead author of the report and an economist at the University of British Columbia in Canada (ranked No. 7). The material can stand in the way of the human.
Hmmm, I wonder what else has changed for America since last year…
Although money may not buy you total (top of the list) happiness, it certainly helps. Central African Republic, Rwanda, Burundi and Syria were at the bottom of the list. The most poverty stricken countries.
Australia (number nine) and New Zealand (number 8) stayed the same since last year. A solid effort with only the Nordic countries and Canada out-ranking us.
The list is based on life expectancy and gross domestic product per person. In the survey, people give a score from 1-10 on social support, freedom and society corruption.
In light of this, it’s no wonder America dropped. Jeffery Sachs of Columbia University said:
We’re becoming more and more mean spirited. And our government is becoming more and more corrupt. And inequality is rising. It’s a long-term trend, and conditions are getting worse [for America].
New Zealand and Australia keep up the good work. Norway; share your secrets- spread the love.