Israel ranks 11th in the 2016 World Happiness Report of 156 countries following Denmark (number one), Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden. It is two spots ahead of the United States.
The bottom 10 were Madagascar, Tanzania, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Afghanistan, Togo, Syria and Burundi.
The United States came in at 13, the United Kingdom at 23, France at 32, and Italy at 50.
“There is a very strong message for my country, the United States, which is very rich, has gotten a lot richer over the last 50 years, but has gotten no happier,” said Professor Jeffrey Sachs, head of the SDSN and special advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The World Happiness Report is a measure of happiness that’s published annually by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
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The report is based on such as factors as per-capita gross domestic product, social support, healthy life expectancy and freedom from corruption in government and business. It also factors in levels of inequality, with countries experiencing greater levels of inequality deemed less happy than more egalitarian ones.
It is also based on respondents’ assessments, on a scale of 0 to 10, of the quality of their lives. The report was released in Rome in advance of UN World Happiness Day on March 20th.
When the publication first launched in 2012, Israel was ranked at number 14 out of 156 countries surveyed.
Here are the 20 first countries on ther list : Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Israel, Austria, United States, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg.