Yes it’s yet another interesting survey relating to travel that I believe is worth a mention. It’s the United Nation’s World Happiness Report. And the winner for 2016 is…………. Denmark, with four of the top five countries being Scandinavian. Looks like it’s the part of the World to be!
Bhutan are famed for their Gross National Happiness Index. They have built their economy based on Buddhist spiritual values as opposed to material development, gauged by Gross Domestic Product. Despite this principle governing the country of Bhutan they were only listed at number 84 out of the 156 countries in the survey.
Burundi, a country suffering severe on-going political unrest, took the lowest position in the Happiness table where Africa dominated. Unsurprisingly war-torn Syria was close to the bottom of the rankings, and measured just above Burundi.
So drum roll please…… The top happiest five countries were – Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Finland. And the unhappiest five countries currently are – Burundi, Syria, Togo, Afghanistan and Benin.
Several factors were used to evaluate happiness including health, family lives and their jobs.