The World Happiness Report (WHR) has been published annually since 2012, at the request of the United Nations. It ranks all the countries in the world according to their overall level of happiness. This years there are 155 countries in the ranking, and the Grand Duchy is well placed.
The Grand Duchy takes 18th place in the happiness stakes
Ahead of its neighbour France (31st place) but behind its Belgian (17th place) and German (16th place) neighbours, the Grand Duchy occupies 18th place in the World Happiness Report's 2017 ranking, two places up from 2016. That means the country has made progress in terms of quality of life; it was already well placed in Eurostat's latest report, in 2014, on quality of life in the EU, with a score of 7.8/10.
The purpose of the WHR is to provide governments all over the world with an additional tool to help them improve the well-being of the people living in their countries.
The countries are ranked according to six major criteria:
- per capita GDP,
- availability of social support,
- life expectancy at birth,
- freedom to make personal life choices,
- perception of corruption.
Scandinavia heads the list
Having topped the list for three consecutive years, Denmark is now in 2nd place, behind Norway, followed by Iceland (in 3rd place), Switzerland (4th place) and Finland (5th place). At the other end of the scale are most of the African countries, with Togo in 150th place, Rwanda 151st, Burundi 154th, and the Central African Republic in the last place of the ranking.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)