World Happiness Report 2017: Norway is Happiest Country in the World, US is #14


If you do not care about the cold but look for a sense of community, faith in society, trust in your government, low inequality and economic prosperity – but not too exaggerated – go to Norway, the happiest country in the world.

This was determined by the new World Happiness Report 2017, which analyzed the situation in 155 countries . The report, compiled by the Sustainable Network Solutions Development (SDSN), was released by the UN on Monday.

Norway, with an index of happiness of 7.54 points, moved from the first place to Denmark , the other of four Nordic countries that occupy the first five positions. Switzerland ranks fourth. The ranking of the 10 happiest nations is completed by Finland , the Netherlands , Canada , New Zealand , Australia and Sweden .

The United States , meanwhile, dropped one position to 14th place.

This shows that per capita income is not the determining factor when it comes to measuring the emotional well-being of the population, according to the parameters used by the SDSN.

According to the report, Americans’ happiness score fell 5% to 6.99 points in the last decade.

The SDSN report was based on six factors to develop the ranking : per capita income, health and life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and social support in an environment of minimal corruption in private and government institutions.

The wealth of a country, although important, is not a prime factor in the measure of happiness , says the report. As evidence, it stands out that US income Rose during the last decade but the rates of happiness fell.

“Happy countries are those who have a healthy balance of prosperity, conventionally measured, and social capital, which means a high degree of faith in society, low inequality and confidence in government,” Jeffery Sachs, Director of the SDSN and special adviser of the Secretary General of the UN.

Not in vain do many Nordic countries, which promote a solid social security , occupy the top ten positions on the list. In these countries a sense of community and an understanding of aspiring for the common good is recognized.

The United States, for its part, fell in the ranking due to inequality, mistrust and corruption, Sachs said.