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Is it the nature? Or just the healthy lifestyle of the Norwegians?
Is it the nature? Or just the healthy lifestyle of the Norwegians?

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Norway: the happiest country in the world

The Nordics once again dominate the World Happiness report. The only question – where in the top ten do they place?

It is sometimes said that Norway achieves and maintains its high level of happiness, not because of its oil wealth, but in spite of it. So begins the UN-backed World Happiness ­Report, which has named ­Norway the happiest country in the world, 2017.

Norway jumped from fourth place last year, to first this year, pushing neighbor ­Den­mark off the top spot. All five of the Nordic countries have once again made the top ten, with Iceland third, Finland fifth and Sweden ninth. 

The aim of the report is to provide a tool for government, business and society to help their countries find a better way to well-being, using six criteria in its rankings: healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, social support, per capita gross domestic product and absence of corruption.  

It seems the Nordics have found just the right balance and that’s making some people very happy. 

Top 10 happiest countries in the world:

1. Norway
2. Denmark
3. Iceland 
4. Switzerland
5. Finland
6. Netherlands
7. Canada
8. New Zealand
9. Sweden
10. Australia

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