Norway happiest country, Bangladesh 110th : Report

Norway has been named the world’s happiest country for the first time, taking the title from Scandinavian neighbor Denmark, reports AP.
Ranked fourth in each of the last two years and second in 2013, Norway has leaped to the top of the social happiness list. Scores are calculated by measuring factors such as levels of caring, freedom to make life decisions, generosity, good governance, honesty, health and income.
The 155 countries in the World Happiness Report, produced since 2012 by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, are also assessed on satisfaction with things like employment, income inequality, life expectancy, GDP per capita, lack of corruption in government and business, and social support.
The report is compiled using Gallup polls, which ask people to evaluate various aspects of their lives on a scale from 0 to 10.
Denmark, the happiest country in the 2016 and 2013 editions of the list, slid to second place, with Iceland and Switzerland completing the top four.
All of the top four countries did well in the main factors considered to support happiness – caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance – the World Happiness Report said on its website.
Norway’s other Scandinavian neighbour, Sweden, stayed at tenth on the list, while the United States dropped from 13th to 14th. The United Kingdom meanwhile was rated 19th.
One reason for the Nordic countries’ good performance in the happiness report is the sense of community in societies, according to its lead author.
“It’s the human things that matter. If the riches make it harder to have frequent and trustworthy relationship between people, is it worth it? The material can stand in the way of the human,” John Helliwell, the lead author of the report and an economist at the University of British Columbia in Canada, told the Associated Press (AP).


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