2024 World Happiness Report: Happiest countries revealed, US fails to crack top 20

By Julia Gomez
March 20, 2024

The 2024 World Happiness Report, a list of the happiest countries in the world, has been released today on International Day of Happiness. And spoiler alert, the United States isn’t at the top.
For the first time since the World Happiness Report was first released 12 years ago, the US isn’t ranked in the world’s top 20 happiest countries. It sits at No. 23, the United Arab Emirates is ranked at 22 and Slovenia at 21.
World Happiness Report: So which are the top 20 happiest countries?
According to the World Happiness Report, the following are the happiest countries:

  • Finland
  • Denmark
  • Iceland
  • Sweden
  • Israel
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Luxembourg
  • Switzerland
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Costa Rica
  • Kuwait
  • Austria
  • Canada
  • Belgium
  • Ireland
  • Czechia
  • Lithuania
  • United Kingdom

World Happiness Report: Nordic countries top the list
There isn’t much difference in the top 10. Nordic countries are still dominating the happiness charts. But to get a better picture, folks need to look at the top 20 as a whole.
There are barely any countries with large populations at the top.
“In the top ten countries only the Netherlands and Australia have populations over 15 million,” states the report’s website. “In the whole of the top twenty, only Canada and the United Kingdom have populations over 30 million.”
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