Finland stays in first place from last year and is followed by Denmark and Norway. Sweden ranked 9th last year and progressed up to 7th place this year. The United States dropped in the ranking and now sits at No. 19, one spot lower than last year. The report, published for the seventh time, ranks 156 countries and how happy their populations feel.

The survey is based on GDP, social safety net, healthy life expectancy, absence of corruption, freedom and generosity over a two-year period (in this case 2016-2018).


1 Finland
2 Denmark
3 Norway
4 Iceland
5 Netherlands
6 Switzerland
7 Sweden
8 New Zealand
9 Canada
10 Austria
19 United States

Countries at the bottom of the list:
154 Afghanistan
155 Central African Republic
156 South Sudan