The 10 happiest countries in the world, according to the UN

Experts of The United Nations (UN) has prepared a document that measures different variables related to the well-being and development of different countries around the world. It’s called the World Happiness Report 2015, has been carried out since 2012 and covers a total of 158 countries.

the well-being (Or perception of well-being) of a country’s citizens is recognized as a measure of social progress and the success of public policies. Many local and national governments (but not all) use this data and research to find policies that help their citizens live better lives.

United Nations: what is it?

The United Nations is an international organization of sovereign states, made up of virtually every country in the world. It was established on October 24, 1945 in San Francisco (United States) when representatives of 51 countries met at the United Nations Conference to draft the Charter of the United Nations.

this organization it aims to help stabilize international relations and give greater coherence to world peace. Currently, there are 193 member countries of the UN, and it has the following objectives:

  • Maintain peace in the world
  • Foster friendly relations between nations
  • Collaborate to help the poor out of poverty, fight against hunger, disease, illiteracy and encourage respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.
  • Be a center that helps nations achieve their goals.

Which countries are the happiest?

The Global Happiness Report 2015 is a study developed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and it measures the well-being of citizens of different countries based on a number of statistical variables and individual perceptions.

Spain is in 36th place in the 2015 World Happiness Report

The first report on happiness in the world was published in April 2012, the second in 2013 and the last in 2015. According to the latest report (which collects data from 2014), Spain is ranked 36th with a total of 6 329 points. The ranking is led by Switzerland, who obtained a total of 7,587 points. In the list of the happiest countries in the world, we can also see the most unhappy countries, namely: Togo, Burundi and Syria.

Some variables measured by the World Happiness Report

To compile the list of the happiest countries in the world, various data related to the levels of economic development, but also other subjective variables, How do the positive and negative experiences expressed by the population follow different patterns according to gender, age and region?

The different variables that were used for this study can be seen in different colors in this image. The end result comes from data collected from various sources and surveys.

Here is the data that has been taken into account to list the happiest countries in the world:

  • Gross domestic product per capita: It is based on purchasing power parity (PPP), ie the final sum of the quantities of goods and services produced in a country, at the monetary value of a benchmark country. In this case adjusted in dollars (World Bank data).
  • welfare: Ability to receive help from family or friends in the event of a problem (Gallup survey data).
  • Life expectancy: According to the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • The freedom to make decisions in life (Gallup survey data).
  • generosity: How much money is given to NGOs.
  • Perception of corruption: Citizen perception of government and business.
  • Positive affectionHe: Refers to how much people laugh according to Gallup survey data).
  • Negative affection: Refers to the perception of sadness and anger (Gallup survey data).

The gray bar is called “Dystopia”. It refers to a hypothetical country that would be the saddest, with the maximum value of the sum of the lowest negative scores. In other words, it would be the most corrupt country, with the saddest people, the lowest life expectancy, etc. The longer the bar, the further the state analyzed is from this hypothetical negative country.

The list of the 10 happiest countries in the world

Below is a list of 10 happiest countries in the world:

1. Switzerland

The Alpine country has a cohesive society and is open to the world which allows it to lead this ranking.

2. Iceland

Despite the great cold that bathes Icelandic territory, this small Atlantic country is second on the list.

3. Denmark

A beautiful, welcoming country with a high standard of living. Denmark fa podi.

4. Norway

The first four happy countries are located on the old continent: Europe.

5. Canada

The first American country on the list. And this is not surprising, given the high rate of development, its anti-war policies and a cohesive and open society.

6. Finland

The Scandinavian countries are fully represented. Finland is also on the list.

7. Netherlands

A flat space where people get around by bike and respect the environment.

8. Sweden

We already know that the Nordic countries have a very high standard of living. Sweden it is the country which ranks eighth.

9. New Zealand

The continent of Oceania has its first representation with the islands of New Zealand.

10. Australia

Oceania repeats: Australia is the country which closes this list of the happiest countries on the planet.

Consult the UN report

You can view the full UN report by clicking on this link.

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