About the Report
The report was created in April 2012 and it’s purpose is “to survey the science of measuring and understanding subjective well-being.” The report ranks 156 countries based on their their happiness levels. The report each year focuses an underlying theme. This year the focus was migration.
Results and Interesting Findings
- The top five overall happiest countries were Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland.
- Australia was ranked 10th overall and America was ranked 18th.
- It is interesting to note, that Israel was ranked 11th and Costa Rica 13th. They both have a higher happiness ranking than the US and UK.
Correlations Between Different Groups
- Northern European countries have thrived due to putting there happiness down to objective factors such as; freedom, having a strong economy and social connections as well as good life expectancy.
- African countries were ranked quite poorly despite there increase in happiness since the first report in 2012.
- Countries with strong economies were significantly happier and this can be shown specifically through the European nations.
- Migrants in first world countries were significantly happier then other nations.
- It was also interesting to note that immigrants were about as happy as people born locally.
- The happiness of immigrants also came down to how they were accepted by the locals.
- Refugees despite having a significant increase in happiness after fleeing there country was dependent on there acceptance by locals.
- Lastly it is interesting to note that migrants are less happy then rural and urban dwellers.