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The world’s happiest and least happy countries revealed

April 29, 2015 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59So your clients want a happy time on their travels? Perhaps they should consider visiting countries where citizens tend to be happier.

Happiness is hard to define, and very much an individual thing, but the World Happiness Report attempts to give an idea.

The analysis is published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a UN body that aims to fight poverty by advocating sustainable development.

Happy Swiss

The rankings have been published annually since 2012. The pollsters ask people to evaluate the quality of their lives on a scale of zero to 10, and each country gets a score.

The report also makes more complicated analyses using six variables: GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support systems, trust in government and business, perceived freedom, and generosity.

If you’re interested, charts showing all of those details can be downloaded by clicking here.

Otherwise, here are the happiest and least happy countries in the world according to the 2015 World Happiness Report, in order, with their scores in brackets.http://connect.hsmai.org/AsiaPacific/Home

The winner? Step forward Switzerland, which excels in many other aspects of human endeavour as well.

The least happy country on earth this year? That dubious distinction belongs, according to the survey, to Togo, a nation in tropical, sub-Saharan West Africa.

WORLD HAPPINESS RANKINGS

  1. Switzerland (7.587)
  2. Iceland (7.561)
  3. Denmark (7.527)
  4. Norway (7.522)
  5. Canada (7.427)
  6. Finland (7.406)
  7. Netherlands (7.378)
  8. Sweden (7.364)
  9. New Zealand (7.286)
  10. Australia (7.284)
  11. Israel (7.278)
  12. Costa Rica (7.226)
  13. Austria (7.200)
  14. Mexico (7.187)
  15. United States (7.119)
  16. Brazil (6.983)
  17. Luxembourg (6.946)
  18. Ireland (6.940)
  19. Belgium (6.937)
  20. United Arab Emirates (6.901)
  21. United Kingdom (6.867)
  22. Oman (6.853)
  23. Venezuela (6.810)
  24. Singapore (6.798)
  25. Panama (6.786)
  26. Germany (6.75)
  27. Chile (6.670)
  28. Qatar (6.611)
  29. France (6.575)
  30. Argentina (6.574)
  31. Czech Republic (6.505)
  32. Uruguay (6.485)
  33. Colombia (6.477)
  34. Thailand (6.455)
  35. Saudi Arabia (6.411)
  36. Spain (6.329)
  37. Malta (6.302)
  38. Taiwan (6.298)
  39. Kuwait (6.295)
  40. Suriname (6.269)
  41. Trinidad and Tobago (6.168)
  42. El Salvador (6.130)
  43. Guatemala (6.123)
  44. Uzbekistan (6.003)
  45. Slovakia (5.995)
  46. Japan (5.987)
  47. South Korea (5.984)
  48. Ecuador (5.975)
  49. Bahrain (5.960)
  50. Italy (5.948)
  51. Bolivia (5.890)
  52. Moldova (5.889)
  53. Paraguay (5.878)
  54. Kazakhstan (5.855)
  55. Slovenia (5.848)
  56. Lithuania (5.833)
  57. Nicaragua (5.828)
  58. Peru (5.824)
  59. Belarus (5.813)
  60. Poland (5.791)
  61. Malaysia (5.770)
  62. Croatia (5.759)
  63. Libya (5.754)
  64. Russia (5.716)
  65. Jamaica (5.709)
  66. North Cyprus (5.695)
  67. Cyprus (5.689)
  68. Algeria (5.605)
  69. Kosovo (5.589)
  70. Turkmenistan (5.548)
  71. Mauritius (5.477)
  72. Hong Kong (5.474)
  73. Estonia (5.429)
  74. Indonesia (5.399)
  75. Vietnam (5.360)
  76. Turkey (5.332)
  77. Kyrgyzstan (5.286)
  78. Nigeria (5.268)
  79. Bhutan (5.253)
  80. Azerbaijan (5.212)
  81. Pakistan (5.194)
  82. Jordan (5.192)
  83. Montenegro (5.1922)
  84. China (5.140)
  85. Zambia (5.129)
  86. Romania (5.124)
  87. Serbia (5.123)
  88. Portugal (5.102)
  89. Latvia (5.098)
  90. Philippines (5.073)
  91. Somaliland region (5.057)
  92. Morocco (5.013)
  93. Macedonia (5.00
  94. Mozambique (4.971)
  95. Albania (4.959)
  96. Bosnia and Herzegovina (4.949)
  97. Lesotho (4.898)
  98. Dominican Republic (4.885)
  99. Laos (4.876)
  100. Mongolia (4.874)
  101. Swaziland (4.867)
  102. Greece (4.857)
  103. Lebanon (4.839)
  104. Hungary (4.800)
  105. Honduras (4.788)
  106. Tajikistan (4.786)
  107. Tunisia (4.739)
  108. Palestinian Territories (4.715)
  109. Bangladesh (4.694)
  110. Iran (4.686)
  111. Ukraine (4.681)
  112. Iraq (4.677)
  113. South Africa (4.642)
  114. Ghana (4.633)
  115. Zimbabwe (4.610)
  116. Liberia (4.571)
  117. India (4.565)
  118. Sudan (4.550)
  119. Haiti (4.518)
  120. Congo (Kinshasa) (4.517)
  121. Nepal (4.514)
  122. Ethiopia (4.512)
  123. Sierra Leone (4.507)
  124. Mauritania (4.436)
  125. Kenya (4.419)
  126. Djibouti (4.369)
  127. Armenia (4.350)
  128. Botswana (4.332)
  129. Myanmar (4.307)
  130. Georgia (4.297)
  131. Malawi (4.292)
  132. Sri Lanka (4.271)
  133. Cameroon (4.252)
  134. Bulgaria (4.218)
  135. Egypt (4.194)
  136. Yemen (4.077)
  137. Angola (4.033)
  138. Mali (3.995)
  139. Congo (Brazzaville) (3.989)
  140. Comoros (3.956)
  141. Uganda (3.931)
  142. Senegal (3.904)
  143. Gabon (3.896)
  144. Niger (3.845)
  145. Cambodia (3.819)
  146. Tanzania (3.781)
  147. Madagascar (3.681)
  148. Central African Republic (3.678)
  149. Chad (3.667)
  150. Guinea (3.656)
  151. Ivory Coast (3.655)
  152. Burkina Faso (3.587)
  153. Afghanistan (3.575)
  154. Rwanda (3.465)
  155. Benin (3.340)
  156. Syria (3.006)
  157. Burundi (2.906)
  158. Togo (2.839)

Written by Peter Needham

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