The United States is not the happiest country in the world
You may think happiness doesn’t depend on the country you live in. However, the truth is that the social, political and economic situation of a place can directly affect your quality of life and your happiness.
Do you think the United States is a happy country? According to the 2015 World Happiness report, the U.S is a happy country but not the happiest in the world. It is the number 15 out of a list of 158 countries. Not bad.
Switzerland takes first on the list, followed by Iceland and Denmark. Europe is the happiest continent in the world with seven countries in the top 10 of the Ranking of Happiness 2015 — Norway, Finland, Netherlands and Sweden. Canada is the only country in the Americas that made it to the top 10 — number five. New Zealand and Australia were number nine and 10.
The happier Spanish-speaking countries on Earth are Costa Rica, number 12; and Mexico, number 14. The next Latin American country on the list is Venezuela, 23. Panamá, 25, and Chile, 27, are happy countries as well.
Argentina is number 30. Uruguay and Colombia are pretty close in terms of happiness: 32 and 33. Spain is the next Spanish speaking country of the ranking at 36, followed by El Salvador, 42; Guatemala, 43, and Ecuador, 48.
Bolivia, 51; Paraguay, 53; Nicaragua, 57; Peru, 58; Dominican Republic, 98, and Honduras, 105, are the lowest ranking Spanish-speaking countries.
And what about the least happy countries on the list? Togo is ranked the lowest. Burundi (157) and Syria (156) also lag in the happiness count.
The list was published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network taking into account data like social supports, GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perceptions of corruption.
Do you agree with the results?