Unhappy with where you live? Looking for a pick-me-upper vacation spot? Give Northern Europe countries a look, especially Denmark.
The 2013 World Happiness Report released Tuesday by UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network ranks Denmark as the happiest country in the world, with a 7.693 score on a scale of 1 to 10. The West African country of Togo stumbled in as the globe’s least happy country with a score of 2.936.
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Some 156 counties were surveyed in this year’s edition of the report. The data collected on changes and equality of happiness in those countries were based mainly on the life evaluations of the Gallup World Poll, with Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden rounding up the top five happiest countries.
The United States finished in the top 20 at No. 17, with a score of 7.082, but trailed behind Mexico (No.16), Israel (No.11), Australia (No. 10) and Canada (No. 6).
A comparison to the 2008 World Happiness Report shows that despite the global financial crisis, the world has slightly increased in happiness and generosity over the past five years.
Not surprisingly, due to the ongoing civil war, Syria finished near the bottom at No. 148 (3.892), along with other Middle East countries including Iraq (No. 105), Iran (No. 115) and Afghanistan (No. 143).
Improvement in the quality of life are notable in Latin American and Caribbean countries, while lower levels of life satisfaction were reported in Western Europe, the Middle East and North African countries affected by the financial crisis and political and social instability.
Other notables countries surveyed were France (No. 25), Germany (No. 26), Japan (No. 43), Italy (No. 45), Russia (No. 68), China (No. 93) and India (No. 111).