Next Stop Norway, The Happiest Place On Earth

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The results are in for 2017, if you are looking for the land of happiness you better book your ticket to Norway.

According to the World Happiness Report 2017 produced by the lovely people over at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network or SDSN for short, Norway has managed to tick all the boxes and move up from a very respectable 4th spot to take out the leader board.

The World Happiness Report has been running since 2012 and was an initiative pieced together by the United Nations. It features six key factors which come together to form the score which then gives each nation its ranking position, they are – per capita gross domestic product, healthy life expectancy, level of freedom, generosity, social support and absence of corruption in government or business.

The top 10 shaped up as follows;

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

Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen explains that “What works in the Nordic countries is a sense of community and understanding in the common good.” This goes hand in hand with the fact that Norway for example also has a tuition free public College system, a low-cost health care system and also guarantees 50 paid sick days for its working-class citizens.

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Source – Tobias Van Der Elst

In comparison the USA who are notably absent from the Top 10 and this year come in one rung down from 2016 at 14th, are going through a time of social crisis. The lack of trust in President Trump and the goals he has set is causing the nation to become doubtful of their leader, and in turn has created a sense of unhappiness across the majority of its population.

Happiness is seen as such an important area in the eyes of the United Nations, that they are encouraging countries to follow the lead of nations like the UAE and appoint Ministers of Happiness to solely focus on the criteria areas of the report.

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Source – Nils Tamlag

It will be interesting to see how the next 12 months pans out globally with a number of large scale political items due to be resolved or commenced.

If things get shakey though we can always rug up and head to the Nordic part of this great planet.

I mean check the video at the top of the page who wouldn’t want to live there!

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