World happiness measured

Survey ranks nations based on citizens’ ratings of happiness

The 2013 World Happiness Report, a survey conducted by Columbia University’s Earth Institute between 2010 and 2012, asked citizens of 156 nations to rate their overall happiness on a scale of 1 to 10. The report used each nation’s overall average response to rank the level of happiness. The United States came in at number 17, behind Canada (6), Australia (10), Israel (11), the United Arab Emirates (14) and Mexico (16).

The five happiest countries:

1) Denmark

2) Norway

3) Switzerland

4) Netherlands

5) Sweden

The five least-happy countries:

152) Rwanda

153) Burundi

154) Central African Republic

155) Benin

156) Togo

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