According to reports from SDSN (Sustainable Development Solution Network) and the earth Institute at Columbia University, Denmark overtook Switzerland as the world’s happiest place to live in. The report released on Wednesday urged nations regardless of wealth to tackle inequality and protect the environment.
The report has shown that the top 10 this year were Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden. Denmark was in third place last year, behind Switzerland and Iceland, while Syria, Afghanistan and eight sub-Saharan countries as the 10 least happy places on earth to live. The bottoms 10 were Madagascar, Tanzania, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Afghanistan, Togo, Syria and Burundi.
This year, the United States came in at 13, the United Kingdom at 23, France at 32, and Italy at 50.
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, The head of SDSN and special advisor to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was quoted to have said that: “There is a very strong message for my country, the United States, which is very rich, has gotten a lot richer over the last 50 years, but has gotten no happier.”
“The message for the United States is clear. For a society that just chases money, we are chasing the wrong things. Our social fabric is deteriorating, social trust is deteriorating, faith in government is deteriorating,” he added.
The first survey was carried out in 2012 to support a U.N. meeting on happiness and well-being. But so far, only three countries particularly, Ireland, Iceland and Japan, have been able to maintain their happiness levels despite external shocks such as the post-2007 economic crisis and the 2011 earthquake because of social support and solidarity.
As earlier reported, our own dear Nigeria is sitting pretty at No. 103