New Poll: Norwegian Citizens “Happiest in the World”


Move aside, Denmark: According to the latest World Happiness Report, the country with the happiest residents is Norway. The Nordic country came 1st in a list of 155 nations ranked by factors such as sense of community, low income inequality low unemployment and an average annual income of $100,000 per person.

Among the bases for ‘unhappiness’, the report lists root causes which include corruption, lack of opportunity and unemployment. While unemployment is noted as the strongest factor in the registered unhappiness in most countries, mental illness is the greatest such source among the richer nations.

The report list the 10 happiest countries in the world as of 2017:

  1. Norway
  2. Denmark
  3. Iceland
  4. Switzerland
  5. Finland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Canada
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Sweden

Other major countries like the United States came in at #14, Germany at #16, The UK #19, and France at #31.

The bottom of the list marks the 10 most unhappy countries in the following order: Central African Republic (least happy) followed by Burundi, Tanzania, Syria, Rwanda, Togo, Guinea, Liberia, South Sudan and Yemen.