Seen as a source for world leaders as they set to adopt Sustainable Development Goals, the World Happiness Report since it was first published in 2012, demonstrates that well-being and happiness are critical indicators of a nation’s economic and social development.
The World Happiness Report 2015, unveiled last Friday at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, contains analysis from leading experts in the fields of economics, neuroscience, national statistics, and describes how measurements of subjective well-being can be used effectively to assess national progress.
The first World Happiness Report, released in 2012 ahead of the UN high-level meeting on Happiness and Well-being, drew international attention as a landmark first survey of the state of global happiness. This latest report digs even deeper into the data looking at country trends since the first report, regional indicators, factors in gender and age, and the importance of investing in social capital.
Comparing the country rankings in World Happiness Report 2015 with those in World Happiness Report 2013, there is a combination of consistency and change. Nine of the top 10 countries in 2015 were also in the top 10 of 2013. But the ranking has changed, with Switzerland now at the top, followed closely by Iceland, Denmark and Norway. The rest of the top 10 (in order) are Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia.
The countries with the highest levels of happiness in the World Happiness Report 2015 are: