Words by Abi Scaife
Happiness around the world persists, despite the COVID-19 pandemic – that's the main finding of the latest global report on happiness levels.
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The World Happiness Report has found higher levels of benevolence than before the Covid-19 pandemic in countries around the world.
100,000 people across 137 countries were asked to evaluate their lives on a scale of one to 10 and, on average, gave scores just as high as they did pre-pandemic.
According to the 10th World Happiness Report, “the undoubted pains were offset by increases in the extent to which respondents had been able to discover and share the capacity to care for each other in difficult times”.
So which countries were the happiest?
The country which scored the happiest overall was Finland. Following that, came Denmark, Iceland, Israel, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg and, coming in 10th, New Zealand.
The US ranked number 15 on the list, while the UK was still up there at number 19. Here's the full list.
World’s 20 Happiest Countries in 2023