MAPPED: Happiest countries in the world – but did the UK make the top 10?

  • 2019 World Happiness Report named Finland as the happiest country
  • Nordic countries dominated the top 10 with only two non-European countries making the cut
  • The UK only made it into top 20, ranking in 15th place in the happiness index

Finland was named as the happiest country in the world by the 2019 World Happiness Report. The index ranked countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be, according to their evaluations of their own lives. It examined factors including life expectancy, freedom, GDP and corruption. This is the second year in a row which has seen Finland take number one place.

Finland revealed to be the happiest country in the world – but did UK make top 10

Nordic countries dominated the top 10 with Denmark coming in second place.

Norway and Iceland ranked third and fourth respectively in the 2019 World Happiness Report.

European countries took up the majority of the top 10, with the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and Austria also polled in the list.

The only non-European countries to feature were New Zealand and Canada which were eighth and ninth place respectively.

While the UK did not make the top 10 it did manage to make the top 20 in the list.

It came 15th while Ireland came in 16th place. The US ranked 19th after dropping one spot from last year.

The index also highlighted the most unhappy countries in the world – with South Sudan ranking in last place.

Central African Republic and Afghanistan also came at the bottom of the list.

“The world is a rapidly changing place,” said Professor John Helliwell, co-editor of the report.

“How communities interact with each other whether in schools, workplaces, neighbourhoods or on social media has profound effects on world happiness.”

Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, said: “The World Happiness Report, together with the Global Happiness and Policy Report offer the world’s governments and individuals the opportunity to rethink public policies as well as individual life choices, to raise happiness and wellbeing.

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“We are in an era of rising tensions and negative emotions and these findings point to underlying challenges that need to be addressed.”

According to the 2019 World Happiness Report: “When you factor in population growth, world happiness has fallen in recent years, driven by the sustained downward trend in India.

“As for emotions, there has been a widespread recent upward trend in negative affect, comprising worry, sadness and anger, especially marked in Asia and Africa, and more recently elsewhere.”

10 happiest countries in the world

1. Finland
2. Denmark
3. Norway
4. Iceland
5. Netherlands
6. Switzerland
7. Sweden
8. New Zealand
9. Canada
10. Austria

The top 10 cities with the best quality of life were revealed earlier this month. 

The ranking revealed Vienna, the capital of Austria, to offer the best quality of living. Vienna has had the world’s highest quality of living for a decade.

However, no UK city made the list of top 10 cities with a high quality of life.

In its research, Mercer evaluated local living conditions in more than 450 cities surveyed worldwide. Living conditions are analysed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories. These include such categories as medical and health considerations, housing and schools and education.

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