The 21 happiest countries in the world

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People in the happiest countries in the world trust their governments and businesses, see themselves as free to make life decisions, and say they have good social support.

Having a high life expectancy at birth helps.

In a new dispatch called the World Happiness Report, a group of independent experts including economist Jeffrey Sachs, surveyed people in 156 countries to find out how highly they evaluated their lives on a scale from 0-10.

The report took into account several factors, of which 6 were found to be the most important:

  • Real GDP per capita
  • Healthy life expectancy at birth
  • Freedom to make life choices
  • Generosity
  • Perceptions of corruption

We took a look at the top 21 countries:

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