The 2017 World Happiness Report has been released, ranking the countries of the world based on the happiness and well-being of their citizens, atlasandboots.com writes. Norway took the top spot as the happiest country in the world, and Hungary has moved 16 places up on the list compared to the last year.
The World Happiness Report is compiled by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a global initiative for the UN, and it measures the subjective well-being of citizens with the help of economists, neuroscientists, and statisticians.
Economic and social circumstances, such as GDP per capita, social support, life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, and perceptions of corruption form the scientific background to the report, but the main focus is on the life evaluation surveys, that is, how happy the citizens feel.
The highest ranking countries are in Northern Europe and North America. Denmark, last year’s winner now occupies the second spot, followed by Iceland, Switzerland and Finland. The US and the UK took 14th and 19th place respectively.
The lowest ranking country is the Central African Republic. Other sub-Saharan African countries take up the majority of places on this end of the list, along with Yemen and Syria.
Hungary took the 75th place on the list out of 155 countries, advancing 16 places up the list compared to the 91st place it occupied in the 2016 report.