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World Happiness Report

The World Happiness Report is a measure of happiness published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The report is edited by Professor John F. Helliwell, of the University of British Columbia and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research; Lord Richard Layard, Director of the Well-Being Programme at LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance; and Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Director of the SDSN, and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General.[1]

In July 2011, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution inviting member countries to measure the happiness of their people and to use this to help guide their public policies. On April 2, 2012 this was followed by the first UN High Level Meeting on "Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm," which was chaired by Prime Minister Jigme Thinley of Bhutan, the first and so far only country to have officially adopted gross national happiness instead of the gross domestic product as the main development indicator.[2]
The first World Happiness Report was released on April 1, 2012, just ahead of as a foundational text for the conference. It drew international attention as the world's first global happiness survey.[3] The Report outlined the state of world happiness, causes of happiness and misery, and policy implications; along with case studies including from Bhutan. In September 2013 the second World Happiness Report offered the first annual follow-up.[4] The Report uses data from the Gallup World Poll. The first Report used available data from 2005-2011, and the second Report used available data from 2005-2012, focusing on the data set from 2010-2012.

In the Reports, leading experts in several fields – economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, and more – describe how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations. The second Report delved deeper into issues relating to happiness, including mental illness, the objective benefits of happiness, the importance of ethics, policy implications, and links with the OECD’s approach to measuring subjective well-being as well as the Human Development Report.

Contents

  • International rankings 1
    • 2013 ranking (2010-12 surveys) 1.1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

International rankings

On a scale running from 0 to 10, people in over 150 countries, surveyed by Gallup over the period 2010-12, reveal a population-weighted average score of 5.1 (out of 10). Six key variables explain three-quarters of the variation in annual national average scores over time and among countries. These six factors include: real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption, and generosity.[5]

2013 ranking (2010-12 surveys)

Rank Country Happiness Change in happiness
from 2012–14
1   Switzerland 7.587 Decrease -0.233
2  Iceland 7.561 Increase 0.263
3  Denmark 7.527 Increase 0.303
4  Norway 7.522 Increase 0.054
5  Canada 7.427 Increase 0.171
6  Finland 7.406 Increase 0.032
7  Netherlands 7.389 Decrease -0.283
8  Sweden 7.378 Increase 0.247
9  New Zealand 7.364 N/A
10  Australia 7.350 Increase 0.040
11  Israel 7.301 Increase 0.293
12  Costa Rica 7.257 Steady 0.000
13  Austria 7.221 Decrease -0.210
14  Mexico 7.144 Increase 0.410
15  United States 7.143 Increase 0.633
16  Brazil 7.088 Increase 0.535
17  Luxembourg 7.082 Decrease -0.283
18  Ireland 7.076 Decrease -0.068
19  Belgium 7.054 N/A
20  United Arab Emirates 7.039 Increase 0.192
21  United Kingdom 6.967 Decrease -0.274
22  Oman 6.883 Decrease -0.003
23  Venezuela 6.853 N/A
24  Singapore 6.849 Increase 0.371
25  Panama 6.764 Decrease -0.049
26  Germany 6.672 Increase 0.163
27  Chile 6.666 N/A
28  Qatar 6.587 Increase 0.708
29  France 6.562 Increase 0.369
30  Argentina 6.546 Decrease -0.094
31  Czech Republic 6.519 Increase 0.687
32  Kuwait 6.515 Increase 0.440
33  Saudi Arabia 6.480 Increase 0.692
34  Cyprus 6.466 Increase 0.228
35  Colombia 6.416 Increase 0.334
36  Thailand 6.371 Increase 0.527
37  Uruguay 6.355 Increase 0.615
38  Spain 6.322 Decrease -0.750
39  Czech Republic 6.290 Decrease -0.180
40  Suriname 6.269 N/A
41  South Korea 6.267 Increase 0.728
42  Taiwan 6.221 Increase 0.032
43  Japan 6.064 Decrease -0.303
44  Slovenia 6.060 Increase 0.249
45  Italy 6.021 Decrease -0.691
46  Slovakia 5.969 Increase 0.705
47  Guatemala 5.965 Decrease -0.148
48  Malta 5.964 N/A
49  Ecuador 5.865 Increase 0.855
50  Bolivia 5.857 Increase 0.357
51  Poland 5.822 Increase 0.085
52  Iceland 5.809 Increase 0.313
53  Moldova 5.791 Increase 0.852
54  Paraguay 5.779 Increase 0.777
55  Peru 5.776 Increase 0.763
56  Malaysia 5.760 Decrease -0.377
57  Kazakhstan 5.671 Increase 0.074
58  Croatia 5.661 Decrease -0.160
59  Turkmenistan 5.628 N/A
60  Uzbekistan 5.623 Increase 0.390
61  Angola 5.589 Increase 1.438
62  Albania 5.550 Increase 0.915
63  Vietnam 5.533 Increase 0.173
64  Hong Kong 5.523 Increase 0.012
65  Nicaragua 5.507 Increase 0.800
66  Belarus 5.504 Decrease -0.133
67  Mauritius 5.477 N/A
68  Russia 5.464 Increase 0.346
69 style="text-align:left;" 5.463 N/A
70 5.435 Decrease -0.891
71 5.426 Decrease -0.456
72 5.426 Increase 0.074
73 5.422 N/A
74 5.414 Decrease -0.528
75 5.374 Decrease -0.833
76 5.348 Increase 0.329
77 5.344 Increase 0.171
78 5.340 N/A
79 5.312 N/A
80 5.299 Increase 0.103
81 5.292 Decrease -0.214
82 5.248 Increase 0.448
83 5.222 Increase 0.118
84 5.142 Decrease -0.103
85 5.101 Decrease -0.305

See also

References

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External links

  • World Happiness Report
  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network
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