World Happiness Report 2017 Cover PhotoOn 20 March 2017, the United Nations declared their “International Day of Happiness” and released a related “World Happiness Report 2017” rating countries from happiest to saddest.

The World Happiness Report 2017, put out just today, subjectively measures happiness and well-being. This “World Happiness Report” is the fifth in an annual series, from the project beginnings in 2012. This year, the report ranked 155 countries by their happiness levels.

Let’s get to the good stuff: this first table is the “World Happiness Report 2017” rating countries from happiest to saddest:

World Happiness Report 2017 - Scores




Norway took the top spot, and all of Scandinavia were in the Top 10, as they always seem to be.

This next table shows each country as to how far they improved or worsened compared to the last Happiness Report:

World Happiness Report 2017 - Changes



World Happiness Report 2017: Summary

The first World Happiness Report was published in April, 2012, in support of the UN High Level Meeting on happiness and well-being. Since then the world has come a long way. Increasingly, happiness is considered to be the proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy. In June 2016 the OECD committed itself “to redefine the growth narrative to put people’s well-being at the center of governments’ efforts”.

In February 2017, the United Arab Emirates held a full-day World Happiness meeting, as part of the World Government Summit. Now on World Happiness Day, March 20th, we launch the World Happiness Report 2017, once again back at the United Nations, again published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and now supported by a generous three-year grant from the Ernesto Illy Foundation.

World Happiness Report 2017 Source:

Helliwell, J., Layard, R., & Sachs, J. (2017). World Happiness Report 2017, New York: Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

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