The World Happiness Report has just been released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations today, March 20, a date the United Nations has declared to be International Day of Happiness. The theme for this year is ‘happier together.’
In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 20 as World Happiness Day, recognizing “the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.”
The report ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.
“The top 10 countries tend to rank high in all six variables, as well as emotional measures of well-being,” says report co-editor John Helliwell, a professor emeritus of economics at the University of British Columbia.
Factors used for this assessment include gross domestic product per capita, life expectancy and perceived corruption in government and business. The United States ranked 19th, Russia 68th, China 93rd, and India 140th.
As given by the World Happiness Report 2019, Finland takes the first position as the world’s happiest country in the world.
World’s happiest countries
8. New Zealand