Are We Happy Now?

Posted on April 7, 2012 by

Though we edge out Costa Ricans, according to the recently-released U.N. World Happiness Report, Americans are not quite as content as our friends in Ireland.

In fact, we don’t even make the top 10.

Predictably, Nordic people lead the pack, with Denmark, Finland and Norway winning gold, silver and bronze.

Our northern neighbors in Canada come in fifth.

By finishing in 11th place, Americans can certainly boast that we beat out other economic giants – China, Japan, Germany – but how do we really feel about losing to Australia and New Zealand?

The index factors health, job security and political freedom, includes but is not dominated by personal wealth and gross domestic product.  It appears to favor nations with “democratic market socialist” political economies.

At the bottom of the list are Benin, Central African Republic, Togo and Sierra Leone.

Decide for yourself if this study makes any sense.

Here’s the top 20:

1. Denmark

2. Finland

3. Norway

4. Netherlands

5. Canada

6. Switzerland

7. Sweden

8. New Zealand

9. Australia

10. Ireland

11. USA

12. Costa Rica

13. Austria

14. Israel

15. Belgium

16. Luxembourg

17. United Arab Emirates

18. United Kingdom

19. Venezuela

20. Iceland

Comments (3)


  1. Greg says:

    Like Avis we need to try harder. ;-)

  2. Ted Sawicki says:

    I guess the French are really miserable?

  3. Stephen says:

    I visit Norway almost annually, and like folks everywhere, they have complaints; about politicians, roads, immigration…but, not about unemployment, retirement, the economy, issues we constantly worry about in the USA

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