Korea Ranks 56th in World Happiness Report
Su Jin Jang, March 21, 2017, 9:53 a.m.
Korea ranked 56th out of 155 countries taking part in the latest World Happiness Report published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network on Monday. Korea placed 47th in 2015 and dropped to 58th last year.
According to the report, Norway topped the list this year, up from fourth last year, while Denmark dropped to second place from the top spot. Next came Iceland, followed by Switzerland, Finland, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.
The SDSN, launched in 2012, ranks countries according to their happiness levels. These are based on GDP, income, life expectancy, and government and corporate transparency and social support.
Among Asian countries, Singapore was the highest-ranked at 26th, followed by Thailand at 32nd, Chinese Taipei at 33rd, Malaysia at 42nd and Japan at 51st.
The Central African Republic was the least happy country in the world at 155th, preceded by Burundi, Tanzania, Syria, Rwanda and Togo.