These are the happiest countries in the world – and the UK is only 23rd


What is really important in this life? It turns out equality is probably the single thing likeliest to make people happy.

But perhaps bacon and Lego are important too, as Denmark has once again been crowned the world’s happiest nation.

The UK came in a paltry – 23rd, behind Singapore.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The top ten sees a lot of other European nations such as Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Finland – also, famously, countries which prize equality.

What makes you happy?

  • Success

  • Money

  • Love

  • Family

  • Hard drugs

The honour comes courtesy of the 2016 UN World Happiness Report – based on Gallup interviews with people in 160 countries.

But what is it about Denmark that makes people so happy? It’s the fact that everyone feels equal, according to the researchers.

Countries where some people were very happy, but others weren’t, tended to be less happy overall, the researchers found.

The report observes, ‘of the 20 most equal countries, seven also appear in the top 20 countries in terms of average happiness.’

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