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Glad all Over – Icelanders Second Happiest in the World

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Glad all Over – Icelanders Second Happiest in the World

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Photo: Sverrir Geirmundsson.

Icelanders seem to be regaining their happiness. In a report just published Iceland came in second in the world, behind Switzerland but closely followed by our Scandinavian neighbors.

The ten happiest countries are Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, and Australia. Except for war-torn Syria and Afghanistan, the ten unhappiest countries are all in Saharan or sub-Saharan Africa.

The World Happiness Report grew out of a project from Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom of 700,000 people in the eastern Himalayas whose prime minister, Jigmi Y. Thinley, set out to measure Gross National Happiness. Thinley got the United Nations to adopt a 2011 resolution inviting member nations to measure their happiness as a guide to improving public policies. This is the third World Happiness Report. The first was in 2012 and the second in 2013 (it wasn't designed to be an annual undertaking, hence no report last year).

Before the economic crash, Icelanders used to be very close to the top in happiness surveys. Initially after 2008 the country fell several places down, but now seems to have regained its cheerfulness.

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