It’s official, Canada is once again one of the happiest places on earth.
The World Happiness Report has just released its 7th annual ranking, and out of the 156 countries assessed, the Great White North placed 9th overall.
The report ranks countries based on the Gallup World Poll survey data, which asks people to base the happiness of their life on a scale of 0 (low) to 10 (high). Respondents are asked about six key areas, levels of GDP, life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom, and corruption.
The 2019 report took combined survey results from over three years, 2016 to 2018.
- World travellers rank Canada as the second most beautiful country on the planet
- Victoria ranked 3rd best city in Canada for gender equality (REPORT)
While Canada holds a spot in the top 10 happiest countries in the world, its rank of 9th is the lowest position we have received since the report was started in 2012. In the past 7 years, our country has fluctuated between 5th and 7th place.
The United States also took a hit in this year’s ranking, dropping to 19th place, a decline of 5 spots since 2018.
Meanwhile, for the second year in a row, Finland was titled the happiest country in the world. Denmark was considered a close second and Norway rounded out the top three.
South Sudan had the lowest ranking overall, with a score of 2.85 out of 10. Canada, in contrast, has a score of 7.28 while the top country, Finland, earned a 7.77.
The top 20 happiest countries in the world are: