Study Releases List of Top 10 Happiest Countries

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According to a report unveiled today, Norwegians are the happiest people in the world.

Norway rose three places from last year, even though oi prices – a fundamental component of its economy – collapsed. The country replaced Denmark, who was first last year and now slips to second place.

The United States and Canada also fell one place, from 13th to 14th and from 6th to 7th place, respectively.

The lead author of the study, Professor John Heliwell of the University of British Columbia, explained that “human factors” are the most important but material components (ie. oil prices for countries that export it) contribute to rankings as well.

The study includes various data, including economic and health data, the three-year average of which was calculated between 2014 and 2016.

Based on an assessment of 155 countries, here are the 10 countries with the highest Country Happiness Rank (in order):

Norway
Denmark
Iceland
Switzerland
Finland
Netherlands
Canada
New Zealand
Australia
Sweden


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