Switzerland is runner-up happiness world champion

Switzerland was able to call itself the happiest country on earth for a year. Now the Danes have recaptured the title.

After one year with Switzerland at the top, a global study now sees Denmark recapturing its place as the happiest country in the world. This is the result of the new World Happiness Report of the Earth Institute of Columbia University presented in Rome yesterday.

Switzerland is now in second place followed by Iceland in third. The top ten also includes, in the following order: Norway, Finland, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden. They had all managed to reach the top ten last year as well.

This year’s report appearing just before the International Happiness Day on March 20 is based on data from the years 2013 to 2015. In the first editions of the report in 2012 and 2013, Denmark came out first on both occasions whereas last year the Swiss pushed the Danes into third place.

The study is based on self-evaluation reports from around 3,000 respondents questioned in each of the 157 countries surveyed. They were asked to evaluate their current lives on a scale from zero to ten, whereby ten represented the best-possible life. The statements made are combined in the report with, among others, social system and labor market data.

More on the subject of «Living in Switzerland» can be found in our Handbook for Investors.

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