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The Happiest Country in the World 2020

The 2020 report ranked 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be, based on their evaluations of their own lives. This year the World Happiness Report focuses especially on the environment – social, urban, and natural.

Its central purpose remains as it was for the first Report, to review the science of measuring and understanding subjective well-being, and to use survey measures of life satisfaction to track the quality of lives as they are being lived in more than 150 countries. In addition to presenting updated rankings and analysis of life evaluations throughout the world, each World Happiness Report has a variety of topic chapters, often dealing with an underlying theme for the report as a whole. Our special focus for World Happiness Report 2020 is environments for happiness. This chapter focuses more specifically on social environments for happiness, as reflected by the quality of personal social connections and social institutions.

Since the first report in 2012, only four countries have claimed the top spot: Denmark in 2012, 2013 and 2016, Switzerland in 2015, Norway in 2017, and now Finland in 2018, 2019 and 2020…

So, the happiest country of 2020 is Finland, it’s followed by the sparsely populated Faroe Islands and Switzerland. 

Top 10 Happiest countries: 

  1. Finland
  2. Denmark
  3. Switzerland
  4. Iceland:
  5. Norway
  6. Netherlands
  7. Sweden
  8. New Zealand
  9. Austria
  10. Luxembourg
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