DENMARK REGAINS TITLE OF ‘WORLD’S HAPPIEST COUNTRY’
Denmark has been declared the planet’s most 1) __________ (CONTENT) country, beating Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Finland to top spot in the annual World Happiness Report.
Britain fell two places to 23rd in the report, which ranks 157 countries according to factors such as 2) __________ (EQUAL), GDP per capita, social support, life 3) __________ (EXPECT) , “perceptions of corruption” and “freedom to make life choices” – placing it below the likes of Mexico and Singapore. The study, the work of the 4) __________ (SUSTAIN) Development Solutions Network, a global initiative for the United Nations, also examined how people 5) __________ (VALUE) their own lives on a scale of 0 to 10.
Despite being famous for its cold winters, Viking 6) __________ (RAID) and the melancholy Prince Hamlet, Denmark beat last year’s winner, Switzerland, with a total “happiness score” of 7.526. It has fared well in every recent report, taking top spot in 2013 and third place in 2015.
At the other end of the table, Burundi was rated the least happy country, with a score of just 2.905, followed by Syria, Togo, Afghanistan and Benin. The lowest European country in the rankings was Bulgaria, at 129th, while Greece and Portugal also performed badly, sitting 99th and 94th, 7) __________ (RESPECT). The United States rose two places to 13th.
Denmark’s success can be attributed to its good life (80 years, well above the global average of 71), GDP per capita ($44,916, according to World Bank figures, placing it 17th overall), free/tax-financed health care, and 8) __________ (ENVY) welfare system, which has made its wealth gap one of the world’s smallest. But it has also been suggested in the past that Danes are 9) __________ (GENE) happier than people from other countries. In 2014 research by the University of Warwick suggested that “the greater a nation’s genetic distance from Denmark, the lower the reported wellbeing of that nation.”
10) __________ (CONVERSE), people from Burundi are expected to live up to the age of just 56 and its GDP per capita is $770.
Adapted from The Daily telegraph