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According to the World Happiness Report for 2024, here are the top three happiest countries:

  1. Finland
  2. Denmark
  3. Iceland

Australia ranked 10th, up two places from its previous ranking.

The U.S. dropped eight places to rank 23rd, the first time it’s ever dropped out of the top 20 in the history of the world happiness report.

Method

The World Happiness Report is based on responses from people in more than 140 nations. It includes data from Oxford’s Wellbeing Research Centre, the UN, and global surveys by polling company Gallup.

It uses six objective and subjective indicators to measure happiness:

  • GDP per capita
  • Social support
  • Healthy life expectancy
  • Generosity
  • Freedom
  • Perceptions of corruption

The responses are then averaged out over a three year period.

2024 findings

Finland ranked at the top of the World Happiness Report for the seventh consecutive year.

The biggest happiness increases were in Serbia, which has jumped up 69 places since 2013, and Bulgaria, which has moved up 63 spots.

The report also includes findings from different generations. Lithuania is the world’s happiest country for under 30-year-olds.

The U.S.’ worst-ever ranking was attributed to “a large drop in the wellbeing of Americans under 30”.

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