The World Happiness Report 2019 is out and it’s interesting to see the rankings of the landmark survey landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be.
Croatia has been placed somewhere in the middle, on the 75th place, which is a slight improvement compared to the last year, when it was 82nd. If we compare it to 2015, we can see how our country and perception of Croatians changed: then, Croatia was on 52nd place.
The happiest country, just like last year, is Finland. It's followed by Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Austria.
The saddest countries are South Sudan, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Yemen, Malawi, Syria, Botswana and Haiti.
This year’s World Happiness Report focuses on happiness and the community: how happiness has evolved over the past dozen years, with a focus on the technologies, social norms, conflicts and government policies that have driven those changes. As explained by the researchers, this year after presenting their usual country rankings of life evaluations, and tracing the evolution since 2005 of life evaluations, positive affect, negative affect, and their six key explanatory factors, the World Happiness report creators consider more broadly some of the main forces that influence happiness by changing the ways in which communities and their members interact with each other. They deal with three sets of factors: links between government and happiness, the power of prosocial behaviour, and changes in information technology.