Australia has been spotted at the ninth position on the list of the top 10 happiest nations of the world, a recent report indicated.
The World Happiness Report released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University has put Denmark as the happiest nation in the world, followed by Switzerland and Iceland in the second and third positions, respectively. Australia has been overtaken by New Zealand by one spot on the list of the top 10 happiest nations around the globe.
Sky News reported that the data used six parameters to rank the nations. The factors considered for ranking included GDP per capita, freedom of decision making, healthy life expectancy years, etc. The report revealed that the strongest factor that leads to unhappiness among its people is inequality. The rich countries like the United States and the United Kingdom placed the 13th and 23rd positions while France and Italy were at the 32nd and 50th positions. The United States’ huge difference in the level of income, health and wealth of its citizens flamed political discontent, promoting unhappiness among the US nationals.
“There is a very strong message to my country, the United States, which is very rich, has gotten a lot richer over the last 50 years but has gotten no happier,” SDSN’s Head Professor Jeffrey Sachs said. “The message for the United States is clear. For a society that just chases money, we are chasing the wrong things. Our social fabric is deteriorating, social trust is deteriorating, faith in government is deteriorating,” he added as quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald.
The report also mentioned ten of the unhappy nations of the world which included Syria, Togo, Afghanistan, and eight sub-Saharan nations that listed Benin, Rwanda, Guinea, Liberia, Tanzania and Madagascar. Burundi placed the last spot of the least happy nations. The political crisis that struck the nation in 2014 might be the reason behind its citizens being unhappy.