The happiest countries in the world

What is happiness?

The word happiness is related not only in the meaning of mental or emotional states but also used in the sense of life satisfaction and personal well-being.

The king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, said, “We do not believe in Gross National Product. Gross National Happiness is more important.”

There is truth in his words. Wealth is not an end in itself. Why do you need a lot of money if you are unhappy? Since then, many trials have been made to evaluate happiness. One such effort is a World Happiness Report.

How to evaluate happiness?
The World Happiness Report is a benchmark survey of the state of happiness that ranks countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be.

The happiness rating correlates with various life factors: GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, and the absence of corruption.

Well-being inequality significantly reduces average life evaluations, meaning that people are celebrating to live in nations with less difference in the quality of life.

High level of social, urban, and natural environment life reveals the higher happiness of the Scandinavian countries.

Unitedly with the changes in trust and social relationships explain 60 per cent of the happiness gap within the Scandinavian countries and Europe as a whole. Social links are essential, and they are often more common in Scandinavian countries than in other European countries. The social and institutional trust is particularly important in increasing happiness and reducing inequality.

Happiest and unhappiest countries in 2020

In 2020 Finland has ranked the happiest nation in the world. This country continues to keep the top place for the third year in a row. Denmark remains to hold second place. Below is a map of the happiest and most unhappy countries in the world.

Top 20 happiest nations in 2020

  1. Finland
  2. Denmark
  3. Switzerland
  4. Iceland
  5. Norway
  6. Netherlands
  7. Sweden
  8. New Zealand
  9. Austria
  10. Luxembourg
  11. Canada
  12. Australia
  13. United Kingdom
  14. Israel
  15. Costa Rica
  16. Ireland
  17. Germany
  18. United States
  19. Czech Republic
  20. Belgium
In 2020, Afghanistan is the unhappiest nation around the planet. For people living in Afghanistan, political and economic vulnerability, have been a never-ending reality. More than 40 per cent of the Afganistan’s population exists below the poverty line.

Top 20 unhappiest nations in 2020

  1. Afghanistan
  2. South Sudan
  3. Zimbabwe
  4. Rwanda
  5. The central African Republic
  6. Tanzania
  7. Botswana
  8. Yemen
  9. Malawi
  10. India
  11. Lesotho
  12. Haiti
  13. Zambia
  14. Burundi
  15. Sierra Leone
  16. Egypt
  17. Madagascar
  18. Ethiopia
  19. Togo
  20. Comoros
Happiest and countries of all time

Denmark is the happiest nation of all time in the world. This country has taken first place three times (I-3), four times a second (II-4), and two times the third place (III-2) in the ranking of the happiest nation in the world. Below is a map of the happiest and most unhappy nations of the world of all time.

Top 10 the happiest countries of all time

  1. Denmark (I-3; II-4; III-2)
  2. Finland (I-3; II-1; V-2; VI-1; VII-1)
  3. Norway (I-1; II-2; III-2; IV-2; V-1)
  4. Switzerland (I-1; II-1; III-2; IV-1; V-1; VI-2)
  5. Iceland (II-1; III-2; IV-2; IX-1; XX-1)
  6. Israel (IV-4; XI-5; XIII-1; XIV-2)
  7. Netherlands (IV-1; V-1; VI-4; VII-2)
  8. Canada (V-2; VI-2; VII-3; IX-1; XI-1)
  9. Sweden (V-1; VII-3; VIII-1; IX-1; X-2)
  10. Belgium (VII-1; XV-1; XVI-1; XVIII-2; XIX-1; XX-1)

Togo is the unhappiest nation of all time. Togo is one of the most deprived countries in the world. About 81 per cent of Togo’s provincial settlers live under the global poverty line. Almost 28 per cent of children under 5 are persistently malnourished.

Top 10 the unhappiest countries of all time

  1. Togo (I-3; III-1; VI-1; XVIII-2; XIX-1)
  2. Burundi (I-2; II-2; IV-1; V-1; XII-1; XIV-1)
  3. Central African Republic (I-1; II-3; III-2; V-2; XI-1)
  4. Afganistan (I-1; III-1; IV-1; VI-1; XII-1; XIV-1; XV-1)
  5. Syria (II-1; III-1; IV-1; VII-1; VIII-1; IX-1)
  6. Benin (II-2; IV-1; V-1; XIII-1)
  7. Tanzania (III-1; IV-2; VI-1; VIII-1; IX-1; XIII-1)
  8. Zimbabwe (III-2; XI-1; XIII-1; XV-1; XVIII-1)
  9. Rwanda (IV-2; V-3; VI-2)
  10. Sierra Leone (VI-1; XV-1)


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