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July 25 2017, 08:39 | Irvin Gilbert
They wrote that the six main factors which caused countries to move up and down were wealth per capita, life expectancy, social support, absence of corruption, freedom to make life decisions and generosity, measured by donations. Turns out that the cold European countries are the happiest - you'll find a lot of them under top 10.
Norway sped ahead from fourth place past year to steal the top spot in the annual rankings, which combine economic, health and polling data on approximately 3,000 respondents in each of more than 150 countries. An average score of 6.99 for happiness put the country in 14th place, ranking one place lower than in last year's report.
Nigerians are Africa's sixth happiest people, according to the new report released on Monday, March 20, that called on nations to build social trust and equality to improve the wellbeing of their citizens. The country has dropped from 118th to 122nd among 155 countries in the 2017 World Happiness Index, a listing topped by Norway followed by Denmark and Iceland.
The least happy countries included the African and Arab countries of Yemen, South Sudan, Syria, Tanzania and Burundi. People are asked to envision a ladder, with their "best possible life" being a 10 on the top rung, and the worst possible life being a 0.
The U.S. ranked just ahead of Ireland, which took 15th place, and was followed by Germany in 16th, the U.K.in 19th and France in 31st.
Incomes aren't rising for the majority and inclusive growth is a work in progress, but other indicators may account for the improvement of the Philippines in its ranking in the World Happiness Report 2017.
WHR had outlined past year that India's GDP numbers and other positives are offset by drops in social support, thus causing it to rank very low in the 155-country list.
However, it remains the happiest country all across Asia based on the report's rating.
The US fell to 14 spot, and the United Kingdom finished 19. It dropped four slots from past year.
Apocryphally regarded as the happiest nation in the world for inventing the Gross National Happiness metric, Bhutan has somehow never performed well on the Happiness Report.
Norwegians are happy with their lot in a attractive country.
Though African countries dominated the list of unhappiest countries, researcher explained that Africans demonstrate "ingenuity that makes life bearable even under less than ideal circumstances". "I think everything that has been proposed goes in the wrong direction", said Mr. Sachs, another of the authors.
Report co-author Prof. John Helliwell, of the University of British Columbia in Canada, says that given the recent fall in oil prices, it is "remarkable" that Norway - a major oil supplier to the European economy - ranked first for happiness levels.