The World Happiness Report Update has released its 2016 report, which is its fourth so far, and it ranks 156 countries by their level of happiness. The report was released today in Rome ahead of UN World Happiness Day, March 20th.
The update made measures each country’s happiness using gross domestic product, life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption, and generosity, and other qualities to compute the level of their happiness.
According to the update, top 10 countries that made the list of happiest countries in the world this year were also named among the last year’s report, but there are slight changes in their ordering as always.
The update says Denmark retained its top spot, and Switzerland, Iceland and Norway followed closely behind Denmark, as second, third and fourth respectively.
The top 10 are completed, in order, by Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden. The US posed in the 13th spot, taking two steps higher on the list than in 2015.
Unfortunately, in the list released today, eight African countries were ranked among the ten least happy globally.
And the countries include Madagascar, Tanzania, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Afghanistan, Togo, Syria and Burundi as they took the bottom positions of the international happiness list. Kenya posed at the 122 spot.
The 2016 update was ushered in at the Bank of Italy, during a three-day series of conferences on happiness and subjective well-being. Another companion volume, the Word Happiness Report 2016 Special Rome Edition, was also released at the same time.
In this year’s report, the World Happiness Report focused specially on the measurement and aftermath of inequality in the distribution of well-being among countries and regions.
In former reports, the editors have argued that happiness offers a sound indicator of human welfare than income, poverty, education and health do. The report also measured good government separately.
This year they discovered that people seem happier living in societies where there is less inequality of happiness. They also discovered that unequal happiness has improved greatly when set side by side with the previous years in most countries, in nearly all the regions in the world, and for the population of the entire world.
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Check out the full list of happiest countries in the world here.