Denmark is the happiest nation in the world

The UN’s second World Happiness Report confirms that Danes are the happiest people in the world. Denmark also took top spot in 2012.

To measure happiness, the report evaluates a survey covering six areas: real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption, and generosity.

Denmark’s top ranking is thanks to the Danish welfare state, which ensures economic security and free access to healthcare. Also the fact that Denmark is the least corrupt country in the world and has a relatively stable economic environment despite the fiscal crisis contributes to Danish satisfaction with life.

Well-being critical for progress

The report published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) strengthens the case for making well-being a critical component of how the world measures its economic and social development-

-“More and more world leaders are talking about the importance of well-being as a guide for their nations and the world. The World Happiness Report 2013 offers rich evidence that the systematic measurement and analysis of happiness can teach us a lot about ways to improve the world’s well-being and sustainable development,” says Professor Jeffery Sachs, one of the editors of the report.

The report also shows the major beneficial side-effects of happiness. Happy people live longer, are more productive, earn more, and are also better citizens.

About the World Happiness Report

The first World Happiness Report was released in 2012 ahead of a UN high-level meeting on Happiness and Well-being and drew international attention as a landmark first survey of the state of global happiness. This new Report goes further. It delves in more detail into the analysis of the global happiness data, examining trends over time and breaking down each country’s score into its component parts so that citizens and policy makers can understand their country’s ranking. It also draws connections to other major initiatives to measure well-being, including those conducted by the OECD and UNDP’s Human Development Report, and provides guidance for policy makers on how to effectively incorporate well-being into their decision making processes.

Read the original article or the World Happiness Report 2013