Estonia jumps six spots in UN's world happiness index

Estonia placed 66th in the UN's world happiness rankings, more than ten spots behind its Baltic neighbors. Source: (Ülo Josing/ERR)

The UN released its World Happiness Report 2017 on Monday, which ranked Norway the happiest country in the world. Compared to its 2016 ranking, Estonia jumped six places to 66th overall.

Scoring above 7.4 out of 10, the top five happiest countries in the world according to the UN report were Norway (7.537), Denmark (7.522), Iceland (7.504), Switzerland (7.494) and Finland (7.469).

Estonia ranked 66th overall with a score of 5.611, falling behind its neighbors Latvia (54th at 5.850), Lithuania (52nd at 5.902) and Russia (49th 5.963) and well behind Sweden, which ranked 10th overall (7.284).


The UN's first annual World Happiness Report was published in 2012. Factors involved in calculating the rankings include GDP per capita, life expectancy, social benefits, civil liberties as well as the prevalence of corruption.

The World Happiness Report can be read about online here.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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