Saturday, 26 March 2016

World's Happiest Countries 2016

The top 10 this year were:
  1. Denmark
  2. Switzerland
  3. Iceland
  4. Norway
  5. Finland
  6. Canada
  7. Netherlands
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Sweden
World Happiness Report 2016
 
Where Is The Happiest Place In The World?
 
Ahead of the annual celebration of the World Happiness Day in Mar 20, the World Happiness Report Update issued this year’s ranking of the happiest countries in World with Denmark besting other 155 countries.
 
Based on the 2016 report, with 7.526 points, Denmark outperformed Switzerland, last year’s happiest country at 7.509 points, just a few points away. The list, collated by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, checked the overall happiness of people from 156 countries in the world.
 
Other European countries such as Iceland, Norway, and Finland trailed behind Switzerland rounding up the top five happiest countries in the world. Other superpowers such as the United States and the United Kingdom ranked 13th and 23rd, respectively.
 
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The most – and least – happy countries in the world
 
Denmark overtook Switzerland as the world's happiest place, according to a report on Wednesday that urged nations regardless of wealth to tackle inequality and protect the environment.
 
The report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, showed Syria, Afghanistan and eight sub-Saharan countries as the 10 least happy places on earth to live.
 
The top 10 this year were Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden. Denmark was in 3rd place last year, behind Switzerland and Iceland.
 
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These are the happiest countries in the world
 
Happiness seems to be most abundant a long way from the equator. At least according to the new World Happiness Report 2015. The 10 happiest countries are Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, and Australia. Except for war-torn Syria and Afghanistan, the 10 unhappiest countries are all in Saharan or sub-Saharan Africa.
 
Then again, you do not have to be shivering to be happy. Israel and Costa Rica are the 11th and 12th happiest countries. As for those at the bottom, their unhappiness probably has a lot more to do with poverty and violence than with proximity to the zero latitude line.
 
The World Happiness Report grew out of a project from Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom of 700,000 people in the eastern Himalayas whose Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley, set out to measure Gross National Happiness. Mr Thinley got the United Nations (UN) to adopt a 2011 resolution inviting member nations to measure their happiness as a guide to improving public policies. This is the 3rd World Happiness Report. The 1st was in 2012 and the 2nd in 2013 (it was not designed to be an annual undertaking, hence no report last year).
 
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What’s the happiest country in the world?
 
Denmark has reclaimed its place as the world’s happiest country, while Burundi ranks as the least-happy nation, according to the fourth World Happiness Report, released Wednesday.
 
The report found that inequality was strongly associated with unhappiness — a stark finding for rich countries like the United States, where rising disparities in income, wealth, health and well-being have fueled political discontent.
 
Denmark topped the list in the first report, in 2012, and again in 2013, but it was displaced by Switzerland last year. In this year’s ranking, Denmark was back at No. 1, followed by Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.
 
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Denmark world's happiest country, Burundi least: New report shows
 
Singapore has been ranked as the happiest country in Asia, according to a new report by the United Nations (UN).
 
In the World Happiness Report 2016, in which 3,000 people in each country were asked to evaluate their happiness based on 11 aspects of their lives, Singapore was ranked as the 22nd happiest country in the world, up two spots from the previous list.

Denmark overtook Switzerland as the world's happiest place, according to the report that urged nations regardless of wealth to tackle inequality and the environment.

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UN survey names S’pore the happiest country in the region
 
Singaporeans may be fond of complaining about their lot in life, but that does not appear to have stopped the city-state from being ranked the happiest country in the Asia-Pacific by a new survey produced for the United Nations.

The survey, which polled about 3,000 people in each country and asked them to evaluate their life in 11 categories on a scale from 0 to 10, also ranked Singapore as the 22nd happiest country in the world. Singapore moved 2 notches up from the previous list.

Overall, Singapore scored 6.739 in the 'happy index' of the World Happiness Report 2016, which was published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations.
 
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World Happiness Report 2016 names Singapore as happiest country in the region

On 16 March, the World Happiness Report 2016 by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations revealed that Singapore is ranked as the happiest nation in the Asia Pacific Region. Singapore scored 6.739 in the “happy index”, which also placed her as the 22nd happiest country in the world.
 
The survey consisted of polling of about 3,000 people in each country, where they evaluated their life in eleven categories on a scale from 0 to 10. Differences in real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption, and generosity in each country accounted for the difference in “happy index” scores. A total of 157 countries participated in the survey this year.
 
The survey is based on polls done by international research and performance-management company Gallup, using the Gallup World Poll methodology. Studies were conducted in more than 160 countries that include 99% of the world’s adult population. Gallup surveys respondents through telephone interviewing using nationally representative lists of phone numbers in more developed countries. In the developing world, face-to-face interviewing is carried out in randomly selected households. Gallup reports that coverage includes rural areas of countries as well, except for cases in areas where the safety of surveyors is threatened.

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Secrets to being happy from 'Singapore's happiest person'

It’s International Happiness Day. S’pore is ranked 22nd happiest country in the world in one survey.

But are we happy?

Depending on which poll or index you refer to, we can be pretty schizophrenic, veering dramatically between happy and unhappy. For instance, Singapore was recently ranked 22nd out of 157 countries in the World Happiness Index 2016.

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