Norway ranked happiest place on Earth

United Nations agency report ranks Norway the happiest place on Earth, followed by Denmark and Iceland.

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The World Happiness Report was released today to coincide with United Nation‘s International Day of Happiness. Measuring “subjective well-being”, the report is meant to assess how happy people are around the globe and why.

Norway came first with a score of 7.54 followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland while the Central African Republic came last with a total of 2.69.

According to the BBC, the assessment “mainly relies on asking a simple, subjective question of more than 1,000 people every year in more than 150 countries.”

“Imagine a ladder, with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top,” the question asks. “The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time?”

The report tries to explain why countries are happier than others by looking at factors such as economic strength (measured in GDP per capita), social support, life expectancy, freedom of choice, generosity, and perceived corruption.

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