Denmark regains title of ‘world’s happiest country’

Staff Writer

Denmark has retaken the title of “world’s happiest country,” knocking Switzerland into second place.

Australia also finishing in the top 10.

The report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, showed Syria, Afghanistan and eight sub-Saharan countries as the 10 least happy places on earth to live.

Denmark won the title three of the four times the report has been issued, losing to Switzerland only once.

People in Burundi are the least satisfied with their lives, according to the survey of 156 countries, but residents of Benin (153rd place), Afghanistan (154), Togo (155) and Syria (156) aren’t doing much better.

The United States ranked 13th in overall happiness, lagging behind Canada (6), Netherlands (7), New Zealand (8), Australia (9), Sweden (10), Israel (11) and Austria (12). Germany came in 16th place, while other superpowers — the United Kingdom (23), Japan (53), Russia (56) and China (83) — were markedly lower.