Finally, Norway takes the lead from Denmark, and ranks highest on the happiness index of the world.

Norway has been awarded the title of the happiest country in the world, according to The World Happiness Report 2017 by Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an initiative by the United Nations.

The World Happiness Report 2017 compares 155 countries by their level of happiness. The report was first issued in 2012 and it’s the fifth time the report is released.

For the past four years, Denmark has topped the list three times, but has this year been beat by Nordic neighbor Norway and is now in second place, followed by Iceland and Switzerland.

It’s a remarkable case in point. By choosing to produce oil deliberately and investing the proceeds for the benefit of future generations, Norway has protected itself from the volatile ups and downs of many other oil-rich economies, said Professor John Helliwell of the University of British Columbia and one of the editors of the report, quoted in the CPH Post.

The survey measures important factors for happiness like freedom, income, health, good governance, as well as generosity, care and honesty. Norway made a jump from fourth place last year to the top in the 2017-report.

Happiness is increasingly considered the proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy, the report states.

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