Happiest countries in the world

The happiest people in the world apparently reside in northern Europe, according to 156 nation survey published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network on 09 September 2013. Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands and Sweden are the world's happiest countries, according to the survey.

The survey was based on life freedom, GDP per capita, generosity, social support, perceived corruption and length of life. People rate both their emotions and lives as a whole.

The United States came in at number 17 in the world in terms of overall happiness, Canada (6), Australia (10), Israel (11),  United Arab Emirates (14) and Mexico (16) and also the report ranks the United Kingdom as the 22nd happiest country in the world. Other major nations included Germany (26), Japan (43), Russia (68) and China (93).


1. Denmark




2. Norway


3. Switzerland


4. Netherlands


5. Sweden


6. Canada


7. Finland


8. Austria


9. Iceland


10. Australia

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