World’s Happiest (And Saddest) Countries
World’s Happiest (And Saddest) Countries

If you are globally curious, these are the 20 most happiest countries in the world, followed by the 20 least, according to the World Happiness Report Update 2016which ranks 156 countries by their level of happiness—released Wednesday March 16 in Rome by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations.

The report is based on approximately 3,000 responses in more than 150 countries.

The report is based on approximately 3,000 responses in more than 150 countries. The respondents are evaluated by “their current lives on a ladder where 0 represents the worst possible life and 10, the best possible.” According to the report, the world as a whole median is a 5, “with the population-weighted mean being 5.4.” So here are the results:

20 most happiest countries in the world:

A group of women take a selfie in Copenhagen, Denmark. Denmark was voted the happiest place on the planet recently. (william87/iStock Photos)
A group of women take a selfie in Copenhagen, Denmark. Denmark was voted the happiest place on the planet recently. (william87/iStock Photos)
  1. Denmark
  2. Switzerland
  3. Iceland
  4. Norway
  5. Finland
  6. Canada
  7. The Netherlands
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Sweden
  11. Israel
  12. Austria
  13. United States
  14. Costa Rica
  15. Puerto Rico
  16. Germany
  17. Brazil
  18. Belgium
  19. Ireland
  20. Luxembourg

20 saddest countries in the world:

A young woman works in palm oil production, stoking the fire under the cooking barrels. (Guenter Guni/iStock Photos)
A young woman works in palm oil production in Burundi, stoking the fire under the cooking barrels. (Guenter Guni/iStock Photos)
  1. Burundi
  2. Syria
  3. Togo
  4. Afghanistan
  5. Benin
  6. Rwanda
  7. Guinea
  8. Liberia
  9. Tanzania
  10. Madagascar
  11. Yemen
  12. Uganda
  13. Burkina Faso
  14. Chad
  15. South Sudan
  16. Niger
  17. Angola
  18. Cambodia
  19. Ivory Coast
  20. Comoros

“Only two regions—the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean—have more unequally distributed happiness than does the world as a whole,” the report reads.

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