Belize the 50th Happiest country in the world

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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017. 12:56 p.m. CST.

 

By BBN Staff: Despite the economic outlook and social ills, Belize is still the 50th happiest country in the wold, according to the latest World Happiness Report (WHR), produced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The UN released the WHR 2017, this month, which ranked the citizen satisfaction of people in 155 countries. The report sampled responses of an average of 3000 participants per country, asking them to evaluate their lives in six categories, from 0-10 (0 being the worst possible, and 10 being the best).

The six categories are “GDP per capita”, “Social support”, “Healthy life expectancy”, “Freedom to make choices”, “Generosity”, and “Perceptions of corruption.”

Belize’s highest ranking category of citizen satisfaction was “Social support”, followed by GDP per capita. The third highest rating was “Freedom to make choices,” followed by “Healthy life expectancy.” Belize also scored very low on the “Perception of corruption” marker.

Norway is ranged as the happiest country in the world, overtaking Denmark which was the happiest country a year ago. The top 10 countries on the list, in descending order, include: Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden.  While the least happy countries on the list, also in descending order, include: Yemen, South Sudan, Liberia, guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Syria, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Central African Republic.

The 2017 report is the fifth since the incarnation of the WHR which published its first report in 2012, in support of the  UN High Level meeting on happiness and well-being. The 2018 report will have a key focus on immigration.

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