The World Happiness Report 2016 Update, ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and was released on 19th March 2016 in Rome in advance of UN World Happiness Day. Leading experts across fields – economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, health, public policy and more – describe how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations.
The reports review the state of happiness in the world today and show how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness.
We bring to you the Top 5 Most and Least happy countries. Most probably, the list will surprise you:
- Denmark: Denmark’s success can be attributed to its good life expectancy (80 years, well above the global average of 71), GDP per capita ($44,916) free/tax-financed health care, and enviable welfare system
2. Switzerland: The average life expectancy is 82.8; they are multilingual, with most citizens understanding German, French and English; they have glorious landscapes encompassing thick forest, wide lake and handsome railway lines. It’s also the “most competitive country in the world.
3. Iceland: Offering a relatively low income tax, free health care and higher education to its citizens, the island nation has also been rated the most peaceful nation of the World
4. Norway: Consistently being amongst the top countries due to its positive life expectancy and health, freedom and social support. Moreover, the crime rate and murder rate in the country is very low.
5. Finland: Europe’s eighth largest country has also been previously ranked among the countries with the highest quality of life by the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index and among the most peaceful countries in the world by theGlobal Peace Index.
- Burundi: The world’s least happy country, according to the report. Life expectancy there is just 56 and its GDP per capita only $770.
2. Syria: Syria’s problems are well known – there is widespread fighting across much of the country and Britons are advised against all travel there.
3. Togo: Togo’s life expectancy is just 58, just one factor behind its lowly position in the World Happiness ranking.
4. Afghanistan: It’s no surprise to see Afghanistan on this list. The country continues to suffer from widespread civil unrest and is off-limits to British travellers.
5. Benin: Citizens of Benin have an average life expectancy of just 59 – well below the global average of 71. Pictured below is The Door of No Return, a memorial to those seized by slavers here for centuries.
Source: The Telegraph