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World Happiness by Country - Happiness Country Rankings 2010-2012
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SOURCE: Sustainable Developement Solutions Network, a global initiative for the United Nations
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The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative for the United Nations Organization, assembled the available international happiness data on how people rate both their emotions and their lives as a whole.

They divided the available measures into three main types:

  • measures of positive emotions (positive affect) including happiness, usually asked about the day preceding the survey;
  • measures of negative emotions (negative affect) again asked about the preceding day;
  • evaluations of life as a whole.
Together, these three types of reports constitute the primary measures of subjective well-being.

The three main life evaluations are the Cantril ladder of life, life satisfaction, and happiness with life as a whole.

Happiness thus appears twice, once as an emotional report, and once as part of a life evaluation, giving considerable evidence about the nature and causes of happiness in both its major senses.
See the notes below the table for further explanation.
Rank
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Country
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Happiness Score
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1 Denmark 7.693
2 Norway 7.655
3 Switzerland 7.650
4 Netherlands 7.512
5 Sweden 7.480
6 Canada 7.477
7 Finland 7.389
8 Austria 7.369
9 Iceland 7.355
10 Australia 7.350
11 Israel 7.301
12 Costa Rica 7.257
13 New Zealand 7.221
14 United Arab Emirates 7.144
15 Panama 7.143
16 Mexico 7.088
17 United States 7.082
18 Ireland 7.076
19 Luxembourg 7.054
20 Venezuela 7.039
21 Belgium 6.967
22 United Kingdom 6.883
23 Oman 6.853
24 Brazil 6.849
25 France 6.764
26 Germany 6.672
27 Qatar 6.666
28 Chile 6.587
29 Argentina 6.562
30 Singapore 6.546
31 Trinidad and Tobago 6.519
32 Kuwait 6.515
33 Saudi Arabia 6.480
34 Cyprus 6.466
35 Colombia 6.416
36 Thailand 6.371
37 Uruguay 6.355
38 Spain 6.322
39 Czech Republic 6.290
40 Suriname 6.269
41 South Korea 6.267
42 Taiwan 6.221
43 Japan 6.064
44 Slovenia 6.060
45 Italy 6.021
46 Slovakia 5.969
47 Guatemala 5.965
48 Malta 5.964
49 Ecuador 5.865
50 Bolivia 5.857
51 Poland 5.822
52 El Salvador 5.809
53 Moldova 5.791
54 Paraguay 5.779
55 Peru 5.776
56 Malaysia 5.760
57 Kazakhstan 5.671
58 Croatia 5.661
59 Turkmenistan 5.628
60 Uzbekistan 5.623
61 Angola 5.589
62 Albania 5.550
63 Vietnam 5.533
64 Hong Kong 5.523
65 Nicaragua 5.507
66 Belarus 5.504
67 Mauritius 5.477
68 Russia 5.464
69 North Cyprus 5.463
70 Greece 5.435
71 Lithuania 5.426
72 Estonia 5.426
73 Algeria 5.422
74 Jordan 5.414
75 Jamaica 5.374
76 Indonesia 5.348
77 Turkey 5.345
78 Libya 5.340
79 Bahrain 5.312
80 Montenegro 5.299
81 Pakistan 5.292
82 Nigeria 5.248
83 Kosovo 5.222
84 Honduras 5.142
85 Portugal 5.101
86 Ghana 5.091
87 Ukraine 5.057
88 Latvia 5.046
89 Kyrgyzstan 5.042
90 Romania 5.033
91 Zambia 5.006
92 Philippines 4.985
93 China 4.978
94 Mozambique 4.971
95 Dominican Republic 4.963
96 South Africa 4.963
97 Lebanon 4.931
98 Lesotho 4.898
99 Morocco 4.885
100 Swaziland 4.867
101 Somaliland region 4.847
102 Mongolia 4.834
103 Zimbabwe 4.827
104 Tunisia 4.826
105 Iraq 4.817
106 Serbia 4.813
107 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.813
108 Bangladesh 4.804
109 Laos 4.787
110 Hungary 4.775
111 India 4.772
112 Mauritania 4.758
113 Palestinian Territories 4.700
114 Djibouti 4.690
115 Iran 4.643
116 Azerbaijan 4.604
117 Congo (Kinshasa) 4.578
118 Macedonia 4.574
119 Ethiopia 4.561
120 Uganda 4.443
121 Myanmar 4.439
122 Cameroon 4.420
123 Kenya 4.403
124 Sudan 4.401
125 Tajikistan 4.380
126 Haiti 4.341
127 Sierra Leone 4.318
128 Armenia 4.316
129 Congo (Brazzaville) 4.297
130 Egypt 4.273
131 Burkina Faso 4.259
132 Mali 4.247
133 Liberia 4.196
134 Georgia 4.187
135 Nepal 4.156
136 Niger 4.152
137 Sri Lanka 4.151
138 Gabon 4.114
139 Malawi 4.113
140 Cambodia 4.067
141 Chad 4.056
142 Yemen 4.054
143 Afghanistan 4.040
144 Bulgaria 3.981
145 Botswana 3.970
146 Madagascar 3.966
147 Senegal 3.959
148 Syria 3.892
149 Comoros 3.851
150 Guinea 3.847
151 Tanzania 3.770
152 Rwanda 3.715
153 Burundi 3.706
154 Central African Republic 3.623
155 Benin 3.528
156 Togo 2.936

Notes:
Each country's score consists of the following components:

  • Base country (1.977) + residual

  • Explained by: GDP per capita

  • Explained by: social support

  • Explained by: healthy life expectancy

  • Explained by: freedom to make life choices

  • Explained by: generosity

  • Explained by: perceptions of corruption


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