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Global Ranking Of Happiness Has Happy News For Norway And Nicaragua

All the Nordic countries are in the top tier. Some developing countries are making gains. Meanwhile, what about the U.S.?
A girl in a park in Managua, Nicaragua. The country topped the list for gains in happiness. Source: Nicolas Garcia

Norway can be frigid. And the winters bring lots of darkness. But it's the happiest nation in world, according to the 2017 World Happiness Report.

Denmark comes in at #2, followed by Iceland and Switzerland. Finland takes 5th place. And, it turns out, these countries have more in common than a tolerance for cold.

Well-being is shaped by a range of factors

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