This is according to the 2021 Global Happiness Report, released on Friday. Among the ten happiest countries, nine were European.
After Finland, in order, were Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Austria. Transfer Found.
“We find year after year that life satisfaction is the happiest in the social democracies of northern Europe,” co-author of the report Geoffrey Sachs told The Associated Press. “People feel safe in these countries, so trust is high. The government is seen as having credibility and honesty, and trust in each other is high.”
Meanwhile, the United States ranked 19th, down one point from last year.
The annual report is produced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and ranks 149 countries based on GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy and population opinions.
It also polls respondents, asking them to indicate on a scale of 1 to 10 the amount of social support they feel if something goes wrong, their freedom to make their own life choices, and their sense of how corrupt and generous their society is.
The report typically includes data from surveys of the previous three years in order to “increase sample size and keep confidence limits smaller”, Press release She said.
However, this year analysts also put together a separate list of the happiest countries based on the results of 2020 just to see how countries have been going through the pandemic, separate from past years.
Finland also ranked first on that list, followed by Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Norway, New Zealand and Austria.
According to the press release, the report’s authors found that the most important factors for happiness were “people’s trust in each other and trust in their government.”
“We urgently need to learn from Covid-19,” Sachs said in a statement. “The epidemic reminds us of our global environmental threats, the urgent need for cooperation, and the difficulties of achieving cooperation in every country and at the global level.”
“The World Happiness Report 2021 reminds us that we should aim for well-being rather than just wealth, which will indeed be fleeting if we do not do a much better job facing the challenges of sustainable development,” he added.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.