worlds happiest country

The 2016 results are in and there's no surprise that Australia and New Zealand have made the Top 10 in the United Nation's World Happiness Report. Ranking 156 countries on a scale of happiness, the report was recently released just in time for UN World Happiness Day on the 20th March.

The panel of deciders consists of a range of experts in their field including health, psychology, economy, policy, education and infrastructure. The report supports the United Nation's belief that happiness levels provide a clearer indication of each county's state of welfare and that more government policy should be set in place to improve worldwide well being.

Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada & the Netherlands all fell within the top 10 with Denmark reclaiming its 2013 title. The world's most 'miserable' countries include Syria, Afghanistan and a number of sub-Saharan African countries. Notably, the United States came in at 13, Germany 16th, Britain 23rd and France 32nd.

Quite a few Middle Eastern countries outranked Italy which came in at 50 and Japan at 53, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. China and Thailand demonstrated the largest increase in happiness levels upon last year, whilst Greece revealed the greatest decrease primarily due to the country's struggle during the economic crisis.

2016 World's Happiest Countries

1. Denmark

2. Switzerland

3. Iceland

4. Norway

5. Finland

6. Canada

7. Netherlands

8. New Zealand

9. Australia

10. Sweden

Source: United Nations World Happiness Report

Main Image: By André Richard Chalmers (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons