World’s happiest countries in 2023 revealed

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Mar 20, 2023 |

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The world happiest countries in the world have been revealed for 2023.

The publication is produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, powered by the Gallup World Poll data.

Report research leverages six key factors to help explain variation in self-reported levels of happiness across the world: social support, income, health, freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption. Governments are increasingly using this analysis to orient policies towards happiness.

This year’s Happiness Report also shows that despite several overlapping crises, most populations around the world continue to be remarkably resilient, with global life satisfaction averages in the COVID-19 years 2020-2022 just as high as those in the pre-pandemic years.

Finland remains in the top position for the sixth year in a row.

Lithuania is the only new country in the top twenty, up more than 30 places since 2017.

War-torn Afghanistan and Lebanon remain the two unhappiest countries in the survey, with average life evaluations more than five points lower (on a scale running from 0 to 10) than in the ten happiest countries.

The top ten countries are ordered:

  1. Finland

  2. Denmark

  3. Iceland

  4. Israel

  5. Netherlands

  6. Sweden

  7. Norway

  8. Switzerland

  9. Luxembourg

  10. New Zealand

The report said average happiness and the country rankings, for emotions as well as life evaluations had been remarkably stable during the three COVID-19 years.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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