Yes the Norwegians have toppled the Danes from the top position, but it was a close finish.
The UN’s World Happiness Report measures “subjective well-being” mainly by asking a simple question: “Imagine a ladder with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to number 10 at the top. The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time?”
The average result is the country’s score. So Norway scored 7.54 whereas the Central African Republic scored only 2.69.
The report also looks at economic strength (GDP) social support, life expectancy, freedom of choice, generosity, and perceived corruption. Having a job was also important although white-collar jobs were more associated with happiness than blue-collar ones.
To see the full report go to http://worldhappiness.report/
The top 10 countries
The USA came 14th and the UK 19th (Bristol was named the best place to live in Britain in 2017 by the way)
Western Europe dominated the list with African countries doing least well. The regular dominance of the Nordic countries (see previous reports) has encouraged others to adopt the Danish concept of Hygge – the concept of cosiness and relaxation.
Note on the flag. The Norwegian flag is interesting because apart from using the red, white and blue – symbolising liberty – and the Nordic cross (centred towards the hoist or flag pole), it incorporates the white cross of Denmark and the blue cross of Finland.