Denmark earned the top spot as the happiest country in the world, while the U.S. ranked 13th on the list of the World Happiness Report 2016 Update. The study looked at 157 countries and ranked them according to their happiness levels. Back in 2012 and 2013, Denmark also topped the list of this annual report. In fact, six other European countries round off the top 10 list of the happiest countries in the world, while the 10 least happiest countries were mainly in Africa and the Middle East.
In addition to a number of other things assessed before deciding on their rankings, people were asked to evaluate the quality of their current lives on a scale of zero to 10 in each country. Some governments and organizations look to this research to implement better policies to help improve the lives of their residents.
It’s worth noting that countries that leaned toward a more stable economy and political system tended to rank higher on the list. Take a look at the top 10 and bottom 10 below.