Denmark tops the list of the World’s Happiest Country retaking the title from Switzerland.
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) conducted its annual survey to assess 156 countries according to their happiness.
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The survey is an effort from the United Nations initiated in 2012 where factors including; education, health, poverty, income and good government are measured collectively to assess the happiness of the countries.
All these factors and some more are usually assessed separately by each country but the United Nations believe that a collective evaluation and an overall cause of happiness is much more effective to measure than separate factors.
This year’s World Happiness Report Update was released in Rome and Denmark came at the top of the list. This is Denmark’s third time on the list out of four times that the list has been drafted.
Last year, it lost to Switzerland for the first place. Denmark has reclaimed the top spot while Switzerland climbs down to number 2 with Iceland following in close tow at the third spot.
The list continued with Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden to complete the top 10. The United States came in on 13th place considering that it is the richest country in the world.
It even got beaten by Israel and Austria which were at 11th and 12th rank respectively. Germany came in 16th place, United Kingdom at 23rd, Japan at 53rd, Russia at 56 and China at 83rd rank. The list was finished off with Madagascar, Tanzania, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Afghanistan, Togo, Syria, and Burundi.
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, head of the SDSN and special advisor to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that he was very disappointed at the United States rank said that it was a clear indication that money is not everything.
Everyone is chasing money and have forgotten the basic moral and religious values which are becoming the downfall of the country from the top 10. Furthermore, countries like, Japan managed to maintain their position on the list despite being faced with such internal crisis.
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Countries like Spain, Greece and Italy also suffered due to internal and economic unrest while the surprise came with Costa Rica at 14th even though it has no economic power proving that money is not the measure of happiness.