Norway Ranked Happiest Country Worldwide

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Ireland is ranked 15 according to the report, which is put together by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Like the other top four countries, Norway ranked high in caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income, and good governance.

That's according to the fifth annual United Nations World Happiness Report.

That's just.02 "steps" higher than those in the second happiest country, Denmark, whose denizens ranked their own levels at 7.52.

Norway was named the world's happiest country for the first time, taking the title from Scandinavian neighbour Denmark - which did not appear to begrudge them the victory. Australia, Canada and New Zealand are the only non-European nations in the top ten.

The United States, on the other hand, is falling, Mr. Sachs noted, saying that the new administration's policies may worsen problems of inequality and economics.

It's become clear that both social and economic factors are at play in determining people's happiness, so it's no wonder that Norway won the top slot on the 2017 World Happiness Report, released Monday, up from fourth place a year ago.

"Please imagine a ladder, with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top", the question poses.

"By choosing to produce oil deliberately and investing the proceeds for the benefit of future generations, Norway has protected itself from the volatile ups and downs of many other oil-rich economies", notes Prof.

In a section of the report titled "Restoring America's Happiness", Sachs looks back at the state of happiness in the US over the past 10 years.

To come up with the happiness rankings, analysts examined answers to a specific question from the 2014-16 Gallup World Poll, a popular, massive survey with respondents from 155 different countries.

Researchers polled about 1,000 people in each country and studied various factors including GDP per capita, life expectancy, donations, perceived corporate and government corruption, social support from family and friends, and freedom to make life choices.

Norway was also recently ranked as the tenth most attractive destination for global students and the second for careers in a separate, European, study. "It's time to build social trust and healthy lives, not guns or walls". The least happy nations: Syria, Tanzania, Burundi and the Central African Republic. "The reasons are declining social support and increased corruption and it is these same factors that explain why the Nordic countries do so much better", the report states. "I think everything that has been proposed goes in the wrong direction".

"America's crisis is, in short, a social crisis", Sachs wrote.

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