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The Netherlands is 6th happiest country in the world

Rankings 17 July, 17:31

The 6th edition of the United Nations’ World Happiness Report was recently published, ranking happiness in 156 countries around the world. In this year’s edition, the Netherlands maintained its 6th overall rank.

Amsterdam, the NetherlandsThe 6th edition of the United Nations’ World Happiness Report was recently published, ranking happiness in 156 countries around the world. In this year’s edition, the Netherlands maintained its 6th overall rank.

The Netherlands’ score increased by a mere 0.064 from the previous report. The country still scored highly in the generosity category. The Dutch also have a very low perception of corruption in their country.

The top 10 countries

As with previous years, the 2018 report shows consistency in the performance of Northern and Western European countries, as well as of Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. This year’s top 10 consists of the same countries as in 2016, although most of them changed positions. The happiest place in the world is Finland, which moved up by 4 positions since 2017 and replaced Norway.

The top 10 countries are ranked as follows:

Ranking Country Overall score
1 Finland 7.632
2 Norway 7.594
3 Denmark 7.555
4 Iceland 7.495
5 Switzerland 7.487
6 The Netherlands 7.441
7 Canada 7.328
8 New Zealand 7.324
9 Sweden 7.314
10 Australia 7.272

How results are calculated

The World Happiness Report is meant to promote the study of happiness in scientific terms in order to influence policy-makers at national and international levels.

The report ranked 156 nations worldwide. Results were based on a variety of factors including GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, and the perception of corruption, evaluated through national and international surveys. The countries assessed were then given scores in each of these categories to comprise the final ranking. The scale ranged from 0 to 10 with 10 being the highest score a country could reach.

Read also about other achievements the Netherlands is best known for, along with some facts that you might have never guessed.

Source: worldhappiness.report

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