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World Happiness Rankings

Which country’s inhabitants enjoy the longest and happiest lives?

The purpose of these rankings is to determine which countries are enjoying the long and happy lives which so many of us are striving for.

Unlike other similar studies, these rankings are not based on any economic or environmental data. The only sets of data used in the calculations are a country’s ranking in terms of life expectancy and the life satisfaction rankings, which are based on international surveys. The results of which are available from The New Economics Foundation. These two sets of data are given equal weighting in calculation of the rankings.

In light of data regarding suicide rates from the World Health Organisation there are some notable surprises in the top 10. It is somewhat surprising that Switzerland top the rankings despite having a suicide rate which is almost double the worldwide average. Other high-ranking countries with even higher suicide rates include Luxembourg and Finland.

Ideally, suicide rates would have been a factor in calculation of the rankings. However, there are a significant number of countries for which this data is unavailable.

Although Japan and Hong Kong have the two highest life expectancies in the world their low rankings are a reflection of how poorly they fared in the life satisfaction surveys.

Bottom of the pile was Zimbabwe due to their unfortunate combination a life expectancy of just 36.9 and the joint second lowest life satisfaction rating in the world.

  1. Switzerland
  2. Iceland
  3. Sweden
  4. Canada
  5. Austria
  6. Finland
  7. Luxembourg
  8. Norway
  9. New Zealand
  10. Australia
  11. Denmark
  12. Malta
  13. Netherlands
  14. Ireland
  15. Costa Rica
  16. Belgium
  17. United Arab Emirates
  18. Brunei Darussalam
  19. United States of America
  20. Germany
  21. Spain
  22. Italy
  23. Hong Kong
  24. Dominica
  25. United Kingdom
  26. Singapore
  27. Cyprus
  28. Israel
  29. Kuwait
  30. Barbados
  31. Antigua and Barbuda
  32. France
  33. Malaysia
  34. Venezuela
  35. Oman
  36. Panama
  37. Seychelles
  38. Bahrain
  39. Mexico
  40. Japan
  41. Slovenia
  42. Colombia
  43. Taiwan
  44. Chile
  45. Saudi Arabia
  46. Argentina
  47. Bahamas
  48. Qatar
  49. Greece
  50. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  51. Saint Lucia
  52. Cuba
  53. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  54. Czech Republic
  55. Vanuatu
  56. Belize
  57. Uruguay
  58. Portugal
  59. Suriname
  60. Jamaica
  61. Tonga
  62. Korea
  63. Bhutan
  64. Tunisia
  65. Honduras
  66. Samoa (Western)
  67. Mauritius
  68. Croatia
  69. Trinidad and Tobago
  70. Sri Lanka
  71. El Salvador
  72. Poland
  73. Guatemala
  74. Dominican Republic
  75. Paraguay
  76. China
  77. Guyana
  78. Ecuador
  79. Libya
  80. Fiji
  81. Thailand
  82. Philippines
  83. Brazil
  84. Hungary
  85. Kyrgyzstan
  86. Indonesia
  87. Maldives
  88. Slovakia
  89. Mongolia
  90. Solomon Islands
  91. Vietnam
  92. Nicaragua
  93. São Tomé and Principe
  94. Lebanon
  95. Iran
  96. Grenada
  97. Palestine
  98. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  99. Uzbekistan
  100. Cape Verde
  101. Syria
  102. Macedonia
  103. Timor-Leste
  104. Peru
  105. Morocco
  106. Tajikistan
  107. Romania
  108. Albania
  109. Algeria
  110. Jordan
  111. Estonia
  112. Comoros
  113. Yemen
  114. Lithuania
  115. Papua New Guinea
  116. Ghana
  117. Kazakhstan
  118. Namibia
  119. Latvia
  120. Gabon
  121. Bangladesh
  122. Turkey
  123. Bolivia
  124. Bulgaria
  125. Madagascar
  126. Gambia
  127. India
  128. Cambodia
  129. Egypt
  130. Senegal
  131. Nepal
  132. Armenia
  133. Congo
  134. Azerbaijan
  135. South Africa
  136. Georgia
  137. Burma
  138. Laos
  139. Benin
  140. Kenya
  141. Haiti
  142. Belarus
  143. Tanzania
  144. Mauritania
  145. Russia
  146. Moldova
  147. Nigeria
  148. Guinea-Bissau
  149. Mali
  150. Guinea
  151. Togo
  152. Ukraine
  153. Pakistan
  154. Mozambique
  155. Djibouti
  156. Cameroon
  157. Botswana
  158. Turkmenistan
  159. Equatorial Guinea
  160. Ethiopia
  161. Burkina Faso
  162. Eritrea
  163. Sudan
  164. Uganda
  165. Sierra Leone
  166. Central African Republic
  167. Zambia
  168. Cote d’Ivoire
  169. Angola
  170. Niger
  171. Chad
  172. Rwanda
  173. Malawi
  174. Lesotho
  175. Burundi
  176. Congo, Dem. Rep. of the
  177. Swaziland
  178. Zimbabwe

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  1. Milena

    On October 19, 2006 at 7:57 am


    Hey, this is very interesting. Funny how the top countries are bit on the cold side.

  2. Sev

    On October 26, 2006 at 10:28 am


    …on second thought: We have been looking at condos in Costa Rica.

  3. Bishop^

    On October 28, 2006 at 7:59 am


    Interestingly, if you look just at “life satisfaction” the Brazilians come out on top. Unfortunately life expectancy there is not that high because of the poverty and crime. But despite that, the people are the happiest!

  4. LinsoN ChAn - Linsonchan - 09198774095

    On November 5, 2006 at 1:02 am


    funny…. i thought philippines could be 1 of the worst country …

  5. Paddie

    On November 5, 2006 at 2:02 am


    Calling to say Hi & jambo to you kenyan Friends iv yet to meet in NBO or MSA,,can you get in touch before i arrive in NBO soon,,replies welcome from M/F

  6. Dfre

    On November 5, 2006 at 2:33 am


    Typical Kenya mambo just cant find a nice forum to send saalam. Anyway i think Kenya should be fourth it has some ery difficutlt issues but guys are happy!!!!

  7. Peter Archbold

    On July 28, 2007 at 9:41 am


    The data was taken from the New Economics Foundation.

  8. TD

    On May 22, 2008 at 5:02 pm


    how come there are 2 Swaziland one on the top and one on the bottom !!

  9. ivee-filipina

    On September 30, 2008 at 3:18 am


    of course not, the philippines is a great country; people here are happy and God-centered!

  10. Someone

    On December 16, 2008 at 3:34 pm


    HA HA HA!!!
    how come there are 2 Swaziland one on the top and one on the bottom !!
    one of them is Switzerland and another one is Swaziland.!!
    a little mistake by TD :D

  11. ticofeliz

    On July 3, 2009 at 3:25 pm


    Tan linda es mi Costa Rica, no por nada la llaman la Suiza Centroamericana.

  12. Luiz

    On February 25, 2011 at 11:38 am


    This rating reflects only the Jewish view on happiness and lifestyle.

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