The first position in rating for the period from 2013 to 2015-th years is Denmark, which slipped to second place Switzerland. In total, over the four year study period Denmark three times, became the leader of the rating (last year was the third).
The main points that determined the leadership of Denmark in the rating of happy countries, have become a high quality of life, no natural disasters, low level of corruption and almost complete absence of radical policy changes.
The top 10 most happiest countries in the world apart from Denmark and Switzerland also include Iceland (minus one position), Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.
Latvia in the ranking, compiled for the UN experts Networks for decision-making in the field of sustainable development, is located on a 68-th line, caught between Libya and Cyprus.
For comparison, Lithuania has 60-th place, Estonia — 72-e, Israel — 11th, Germany — 12th USA — 13th, Germany 16th, UK — 23rd, France — 32nd, Venezuela — 44-e, Uzbekistan — 49-e, Japan — 53-e, Russia — 56th, Belarus 61st, China — 83-e, Ukraine — 123.
All the experts studied 157 countries and territories. The least satisfied with their lives citizens of Burundi. At the end of the list, Benin, Afghanistan, and Syria.
The authors of the report explain that the level of happiness of the population does not always correspond to the standard of living in the country. Satisfaction influenced by the combination of economic, environmental and social factors. It is also noted that citizens of countries with less social inequality are happier.
The methodology of calculation can be found in full version World Happiness Report Update 2016.