In 2014 Switzerland just narrowly landed on the podium behind Denmark and Norway on the third step. This year, however, Switzerland reached the number one spot ahead of Iceland and Denmark. Among the top 10 countries figure Norway, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia. This shows that according to the UN Report seven of the most happiest countries are small and medium-sized states in western Europe.
The Word Happiness Report was first published in 2012 by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in order to encourage better governance. Researchers compared 158 countries regarding hard facts such as income, security or life expectancy as well as soft facts such as perception of freedom and corruption and well-being of the population.
Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and author of the Happiness Report states, that not only money, but also justice, honesty, trust and health contribute to a happy life.
You can download the full report here.