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And the Happiest Country in the World Is…Denmark (Still!)

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About a month ago, a Gallup survey revealed that Denmark is the world’s happiest country. Now new data has again shown the Danes are a pretty blissful people — but where did the US rank?

A report on life satisfaction from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) took into account more than 30 sets of data in 11 different categories, including education, health and employment.

Residents of each country were also asked to use a 1-10 measurement to rank general life satisfaction, and then financial news and opinion company 24/7 Wall St. analyzed the 10 countries with the highest life satisfaction scores to find the strongest factors related to happiness.

It turns that sometimes, money can buy happiness — among the top 10 happiest countries, nine have personal incomes that are higher than the OECD average. Long-term employment and job stability were also key, as were physical health, leisure time, and social well-being.

The US just missed the top 10, coming in at number 11. While it has the highest rate of disposable income in the OECD and an extremely high rate of self-reported good health, it also has a relatively high long-term unemployment rate and low life-expectancy and job security rates.

Here are the 10 happiest countries in the world (see the full report for details):

1. Denmark
2. Norway
3. Netherlands
4. Switzerland
5. Austria
6. Israel
7. Finland
8. Australia
9. Canada
10. Sweden

[24/7 Wall St.]

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