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 2016—which 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 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:
- The Netherlands
- New Zealand
- United States
- Costa Rica
- Puerto Rico
20 saddest countries in the world:
- Burkina Faso
- South Sudan
- Ivory Coast
“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.