World’s Happiest Country: Australia

United States comes in sixth


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It’s been another good year for Australia. Data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that the land down under is overall the happiest of 34 developed countries.

The OECD compiles a yearly index of happiness factors, from job opportunities to reported life satisfaction. If all factors are given equal weight, Australia comes out on top—followed by Sweden and Canada, with the U.S. coming in at number six.

A strong economy and beautiful surroundings certainly help, but Australia won’t be everyone’s idea of bliss. Though the country ranks exceptionally high in health, civic engagement, and safety, it’s fairly average when it comes to work-life balance. And the country where citizens actually say they’re most satisfied with life? Switzerland. Just goes to show, it’s hard to put a number on happiness.

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