Australia ranks ninth in World Happiness Report

It seems as though the Kiwis have a little more to smile about than us Aussies.

According to the 2017 World Happiness Report, New Zealand is a happier country than Australia, coming in eighth place on the 155-long happy list, just one place ahead of Australia.

Norway has taken out the title of the world’s happiest country for the first time this year, knocking three-time winner Denmark back to second place. The United States has slipped one place from last year, dropping to 14th place, while Central African Republic sadly placed last. 

Produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a United Nations initiative since 2012, the report proves that although economics is a factor, money is definitely not the sole purpose of happiness.

Basing the results on a number of measurements, the landmark survey considered factors such as life expectancy, freedom, gross domestic product per capita, social support, absence of government corruption and having someone to count on.

The report’s co-editor, Jeffery Sachs, explained in a statement that the focus of the report is on the world’s wellbeing: "The World Happiness Report continues to draw global attention around the need to create sound policy for what matters most to people -- their wellbeing.

"As demonstrated by many countries, this report gives evidence that happiness is a result of creating strong social foundations. It's time to build social trust and healthy lives, not guns or walls. Let's hold our leaders to this fact."

Top 10 happiest countries

  1. Norway
  2. Denmark
  3. Iceland
  4. Switzerland
  5. Finland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Canada
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Sweden

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