The 5th edition of the United Nations’ World Happiness Report was recently published, ranking happiness in 155 countries around the world. In this year’s edition, the Netherlands improved by one place and became 6th overall.
The Netherlands’ score increased by a mere 0.038 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 2017 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 some of them changed positions. The happiest place in the world is Norway, which moved up by 3 positions since 2016 and replaced Denmark.
The top 10 countries are ranked as follows:
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 155 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.
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