Finland, Denmark Top World Happiness Report

March 20, 2024

The report finds there’s a dramatic decrease in the self-reported well-being of people aged 30 and below.

World Happiness Report editor, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, who also serves as a professor and the director of the Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Oxford.

Why It Matters: The World Happiness Report, released Wednesday, found a decline in happiness among U.S. adolescents and adults under 30 – pointing to factors including loneliness. Meanwhile, people in the U.S. aged 60 and older reported higher well-being levels.

Big Picture: While the U.S. dropped eight spots this year and ranks 23rd on the list, other countries maintained their high ranking according to the report – such as Finland and Denmark, both of which rank among the world’s happiest year after year.

What Does The Report Consider? “The Gallup World Poll has a simple way to gauge well-being around the globe. Imagine a ladder, and think about your current life. The top rung, 10, represents the best possible life and the bottom rung, 0, represents the worst. Pick your number. Researchers use the responses to rank happiness in countries around the globe … The rankings are based on responses from a representative sample of about 1,000 respondents in each country” (NPR).

Top 25 Happiest Countries In The World:

1. Finland

2. Denmark

3. Iceland

4. Sweden

5. Israel

6. Netherlands

7. Norway

8. Luxembourg

9. Switzerland

10. Australia

11. New Zealand

12. Costa Rica

13. Kuwait

14. Austria

15. Canada

16. Belgium

17. Ireland

18. Czechia

19. Lithuania

20. United Kingdom

21. Slovenia

22. United Arab Emirates

23. United States

24. Germany

25. Mexico

Read More: U.S. hits new low in World Happiness Report (Axios)

U.S. drops in new global happiness ranking. One age group bucks the trend (NPR)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas