What Do the Swiss, Icelanders, Danes, Norwegians and Canadians Have in Common? Happiness!

Source: BBC Online, April 23

This is the finding of the third index produced by the Sustainable Annual World Happiness Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an initiative under the United Nations.

Togo, Burundi, Benin and Rwanda, with civil-war wracked Syria, were least happy.

The survey was released on the eve of presidential elections in Togo, where one family has been in power for 48 years.

The World Happiness Report examined 158 countries and is aimed at influencing government policy.

World’s Happiest Countries World’s Least Happy Countries
1. Switzerland 1. Togo
2. Iceland 2. Burundi
3. Denmark 3. Syria
4. Norway 4. Benin
5. Canada 5. Rwanda

The study bases its rankings on data from the Gallup World Poll and takes into account variables such as real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, corruption levels and social freedoms.

“Increasingly happiness is considered a proper measure of social progress and goal of public policy,” the report said.

“A rapidly increasing number of national and local governments are using happiness data and research in their search for policies that could enable people to live better lives.”

The SDSN comprises people from academia, government and the private sector and was first launched in 2012.


4 responses to “What Do the Swiss, Icelanders, Danes, Norwegians and Canadians Have in Common? Happiness!

  1. It may be said that in a lived way the fleeting sense of ‘happiness’ hinges at any given moment on experiencing that which is not ‘out there’, but inwardly ‘here and now’. Conceived as such, ‘happiness’ in a utilitarian manner could hardly be induced or ‘nudged’ by intent as ‘the goal of public policy’.

  2. Simon Fodden

    guys, could we put a live link into things like this, please?

  3. Elisabeth Ecker

    Maybe instead of happiness it should be called satisfaction with living conditions.