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Here's where Canada is ranked on world happiness report

Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 9:44 AM - The results are in for the 2016 World Happiness Report and it looks like Canada dropped out of the top five.

Released on Wednesday in Rome by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, the report comes in advance of UN World Happiness Day on March 20.

This year 156 countries were ranked based on happiest levels calculated by evaluating different variables including, GDP per capita, social support, life expectancy and generosity to name a few. The report urges all nations, regardless of wealth, to tackle inequality and protect the environment.

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"When countries single-mindedly pursue individual objectives, such as economic development to the neglect of social and environmental objectives, the results can be highly adverse for human well-being, even dangerous for survival," the report reads. "Many countries in recent years have achieved economic growth at the cost of sharply rising inequality, entrenched social exclusion and grave damage to the natural environment."

Globally, the top 10 happiest countries are:

  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Canada
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Sweden

Denmark knocked Switzerland out of the first spot, with the highest ranking of 7.53.

The Top 10 countries had a happiest score of 7.41 or above. At the least happy end of the list, the bottom 10 countries all had scores below 3.48.

The least happy ten are:

  • Madagascar
  • Tanzania
  • Liberia
  • Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Benin
  • Afghanistan
  • Togo
  • Syria
  • Burundi

The 2016 survey, now in its fourth edition, showed countries like Ireland, Iceland and Japan were able to maintain their happiness levels despite major setbacks including, the post-2007 economic crisis and the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami. This was due to social support and solidarity.

There is a growing global interest in using happiness and subjective well-being as primary indicators of the quality of human development, the study notes. As a result, many governments, communities and organizations use the report’s data and research to enable policies that support better lives. Countries including, Bhutan, Ecuador, Scotland, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela now have appointed Ministers of Happiness.

SOURCE: 2016 World Happiness Report

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