World’s happiest country in 2024 revealed!

World’s happiest country in 2024 revealed!

The World Happiness Report is now available, with Nordic countries maintaining high scores. Finland, the top-ranking country for seven consecutive years, retains its position.

This year’s report introduces age-specific rankings, revealing concerning trends in youth happiness in some regions.

Notably, happiness among young people in North America has declined significantly, causing them to be less happy than older individuals. Consequently, the United States dropped out of the top 20 for the first time since the report’s inception in 2012.

 

However, this decline in ranking for some countries is counterbalanced by improvements in happiness in other nations, particularly in Eastern Europe.

Key Highlights:

– Finland continues to be the world’s happiest country.

– The report coincides with the United Nations International Day of Happiness on March 20.

– Rankings are determined based on average life evaluations from 2021 to 2023, drawing on survey data from over 140 countries. The report is a collaboration between Gallup, the Oxford Wellbeing Research Centre, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and an editorial board.

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The cool-weather nation of Finland, where the northern lights dance in winter and the summer sun can shine all night long, has mastered the right social conditions for happiness.

According to John Helliwell, emeritus professor of economics at the Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia, and a founding editor of the World Happiness Report, the survey evaluates participants’ overall life satisfaction, considering their values. Finland excels in various aspects, such as returning lost wallets, community support, and providing high-quality and universally accessible health and education services, ensuring equal opportunities for everyone.

Finland’s Nordic neighbors, Denmark (No. 2), Iceland (No. 3), and Sweden (No. 4), also consistently achieve high happiness scores, with Norway (No. 7) comfortably within the top 10.

Despite the conflict with Hamas, Israel ranks surprisingly high at No. 5, maintaining its position in the top 10 since 2022. The authors note that rankings are based on a three-year average, mitigating the impact of immediate crises.

Other top-ranking countries include the Netherlands (No. 6), Luxembourg (No. 8), Switzerland (No. 9), and Australia (No. 10).

However, the United States (No. 23) and Germany (No. 24) have dropped out of the top 20, partly due to increased happiness in other countries, particularly Czechia (No. 18), Lithuania (No. 19), and Slovenia (No. 21). The United Kingdom is ranked No. 20.

Although Lithuania ranks 19th overall, it tops the list for respondents under 30 in 2024, while it ranks 44th among those over 60.

In the United States and Canada, happiness scores among individuals under 30 are significantly lower than those aged 60 and older, with the US ranking 62nd among the young and 10th among the elderly. Canada ranks 58th among the young and 8th among the elderly. Australia and New Zealand also show lower rankings among the youth.

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