New Cold War.org, March 23, 2017
The annual World Happiness Report for 2017 (pdf, 113 pages plus footnotes) is edited by John Helliwell (University of British Columbia), Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University) and Richard Layard (London School of Economics). Associate editors are Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Haifang Huang and Shun Wang.
The report ranks 155 countries (chart listings on pages 22-24). At the top of the 2017 ranking are Norway and Denmark, scoring 7.537 and 7.522. The top ten countries are in Scandinavia, plus Canada and Australia. The U.S. rank is #14, down from #13 in 2016. Russia scores #49, alongside Italy and Japan.
Of the bottom 30 countries, most are in Africa. Ukraine sits in the midst of the bottom 30 countries, at #132.
Many of the countries in the bottom 30 share one thing in common: they are victims of U.S. and European military aggression now or in the recent past. Here are the bottom, non-African countries by listing:
The report provides reasons for unhappiness in the countries listed. The main reason provided by Ukrainians is the absence of social support.
Read an Associated Press story on the 2017 World Happiness Report, March 20, 2017, here.
The first World Happiness Report was produced in 2012.