World Happiness Ranking & Report

World Happiness Ranking

Happiest Countries In The World As of March 2020, Finland was ranked the happiest country in the world three times in a row. The Editors of the report are John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard, Jeffrey D. Sachs, and Jan-Emmanuel De Neve. Associate Editors are Lara B. Aknin, Shun Wang, and Haifang Huang.

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Results of the global happiness survey that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be, revealed the world’s happiest countries in 2020.

The World Happiness Report 2020

For the first time ranks cities around the world by their subjective well-being and digs more deeply into how the social, urban and natural environments combine to affect our happiness. The report is released by the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, using data from the Gallup World Poll.

This is the eighth World Happiness ReportFinland has been named the world’s happiest country for the third year in a row. Since its launch in 2012, just four countries have taken the top spot: Denmark in 2012, 2013 and 2016, Switzerland in 2015, Norway in 2017, and Finland in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

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Finland reported a modest increase in happiness from 2015 to 2017, and has remained roughly at that higher level since then. It continues to occupy the top spot for the third year in a row, and with a score that is now significantly ahead of other countries in the top ten. 

Rise in Ranking

Denmark and Switzerland have also increased their average scores from last year’s rankings. Denmark continues to occupy second place. Switzerland, with its larger increase, jumps from 6th place to 3rd. Last year’s third-ranking country, Norway, is now in 5th place with a modest decline in average score, most of which occurred around between 2017 and 2018. Iceland is in 4th place; its new survey in 2019 does little to change its 3-year average score. 

Falls in Ranking

The Netherlands slipped into 6th place, one spot lower than in last year’s ranking. The next two countries in the ranking are the same as last year, Sweden and New Zealand in 7th and 8th places, respectively, both with little change in their average scores. In 9th and 10th place are Austria and Luxembourg, respectively. The former is one spot higher than last year. For Luxembourg, this year’s ranking represents a substantial upward movement; it was in 14th place last year. Luxembourg’s 2019 score is its highest ever since Gallup started polling the country in 2009.

Canada slipped out of the top ten, from 9th place last year to 11th this year.

10 happiest countries

  1. Finland
  2. Denmark 
  3. Switzerland 
  4. Iceland 
  5. Norway
  6. Netherlands
  7. Sweden
  8. New Zealand
  9. Austria
  10. Luxembourg
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10 least happiest countries

  1. Afghanistan 
  2. South Sudan 
  3. Zimbabwe 
  4. Rwanda 
  5. Central African Republic
  6. Tanzania
  7. Botswana
  8. Yemen
  9. Malawi
  10. India

10 happiest cities

  1. Helsinki, Finland
  2. Aarhus, Denmark
  3. Wellington, New Zealand
  4. Zurich, Switzerland
  5. Copenhagen, Denmark
  6. Bergen, Norway
  7. Oslo, Norway
  8. Tel Aviv, Israel
  9. Stockholm, Sweden
  10. Brisbane, Australia

10 least happy cities

  1. Kabul, Afghanistan
  2. Sanaa, Yemen
  3. Gaza, Palestine
  4. Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  5. Juba, South Sudan
  6. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  7. Delhi, India
  8. Maseru, Lesotho
  9. Bangui, Central African Republic
  10. Cairo, Egypt
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World Countries & Capital

Alphabetical list of all countries and capitals of the world

CountryCapital city
A
AfghanistanKabul
AlbaniaTirana
AlgeriaAlgiers
AndorraAndorra la Vella
AngolaLuanda
Antigua and BarbudaSaint John’s
ArgentinaBuenos Aires
ArmeniaYerevan
AustraliaCanberra
AustriaVienna
AzerbaijanBaku
B
BahamasNassau
BahrainManama
BangladeshDhaka
BarbadosBridgetown
BelarusMinsk
BelgiumBrussels
BelizeBelmopan
BeninPorto-Novo
BhutanThimphu
BoliviaSucre (de jure), 
La Paz (seat of government)
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSarajevo
BotswanaGaborone
BrazilBrasilia
BruneiBandar Seri Begawan
BulgariaSofia
Burkina FasoOuagadougou
BurundiGitega
C
Cabo VerdePraia
CambodiaPhnom Penh
CameroonYaounde
CanadaOttawa
Central African RepublicBangui
ChadN’Djamena
ChileSantiago
ChinaBeijing
ColombiaBogotá
ComorosMoroni
Congo, Democratic Republic of theKinshasa
Congo, Republic of theBrazzaville
Costa RicaSan Jose
Cote d’IvoireYamoussoukro
CroatiaZagreb
CubaHavana
CyprusNicosia
CzechiaPrague
D
DenmarkCopenhagen
DjiboutiDjibouti (city)
DominicaRoseau
Dominican RepublicSanto Domingo
E
EcuadorQuito
EgyptCairo
El SalvadorSan Salvador
Equatorial GuineaMalabo (de jure), 
Oyala (seat of government)
EritreaAsmara
EstoniaTallinn
Eswatini 
(formerly Swaziland)
Mbabane (administrative), 
Lobamba (legislative, royal)
EthiopiaAddis Ababa
F
FijiSuva
FinlandHelsinki
FranceParis
G
GabonLibreville
GambiaBanjul
GeorgiaTbilisi
GermanyBerlin
GhanaAccra
GreeceAthens
GrenadaSaint George’s
GuatemalaGuatemala City
GuineaConakry
Guinea-BissauBissau
GuyanaGeorgetown
H
HaitiPort-au-Prince
HondurasTegucigalpa
HungaryBudapest
I
IcelandReykjavik
IndiaNew Delhi
IndonesiaJakarta
IranTehran
IraqBaghdad
IrelandDublin
IsraelJerusalem
ItalyRome
J
JamaicaKingston
JapanTokyo
JordanAmman
K
KazakhstanNur-Sultan
KenyaNairobi
KiribatiTarawa
KosovoPristina
KuwaitKuwait City
KyrgyzstanBishkek
L
LaosVientiane
LatviaRiga
LebanonBeirut
LesothoMaseru
LiberiaMonrovia
LibyaTripoli
LiechtensteinVaduz
LithuaniaVilnius
LuxembourgLuxembourg (city)
CountryCapital city
M
MadagascarAntananarivo
MalawiLilongwe
MalaysiaKuala Lumpur
MaldivesMale
MaliBamako
MaltaValletta
Marshall IslandsMajuro
MauritaniaNouakchott
MauritiusPort Louis
MexicoMexico City
MicronesiaPalikir
MoldovaChisinau
MonacoMonaco
MongoliaUlaanbaatar
MontenegroPodgorica
MoroccoRabat
MozambiqueMaputo
Myanmar 
(formerly Burma)
Naypyidaw
N
NamibiaWindhoek
NauruYaren District (de facto)
NepalKathmandu
NetherlandsAmsterdam
New ZealandWellington
NicaraguaManagua
NigerNiamey
NigeriaAbuja
North KoreaPyongyang
North Macedonia 
(formerly Macedonia)
Skopje
NorwayOslo
O
OmanMuscat
P
PakistanIslamabad
PalauNgerulmud
PalestineJerusalem (East)
PanamaPanama City
Papua New GuineaPort Moresby
ParaguayAsunción
PeruLima
PhilippinesManila
PolandWarsaw
PortugalLisbon
Q
QatarDoha
R
RomaniaBucharest
RussiaMoscow
RwandaKigali
S
Saint Kitts and NevisBasseterre
Saint LuciaCastries
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesKingstown
SamoaApia
San MarinoSan Marino
Sao Tome and PrincipeSão Tomé
Saudi ArabiaRiyadh
SenegalDakar
SerbiaBelgrade
SeychellesVictoria
Sierra LeoneFreetown
SingaporeSingapore
SlovakiaBratislava
SloveniaLjubljana
Solomon IslandsHoniara
SomaliaMogadishu
South AfricaPretoria (administrative), 
Cape Town (legislative), 
Bloemfontein (judicial)
South KoreaSeoul
South SudanJuba
SpainMadrid
Sri LankaSri Jayawardenepura Kotte
SudanKhartoum
SurinameParamaribo
SwedenStockholm
SwitzerlandBern
SyriaDamascus
T
TaiwanTaipei
TajikistanDushanbe
TanzaniaDodoma
ThailandBangkok
Timor-LesteDili
TogoLomé
TongaNukuʻalofa
Trinidad and TobagoPort of Spain
TunisiaTunis
TurkeyAnkara
TurkmenistanAshgabat
TuvaluFunafuti
U
UgandaKampala
UkraineKyiv (also known as Kiev)
United Arab EmiratesAbu Dhabi
United KingdomLondon
United States of AmericaWashington, D.C.
UruguayMontevideo
UzbekistanTashkent
V
VanuatuPort Vila
Vatican City (Holy See)Vatican City
VenezuelaCaracas
VietnamHanoi
Y
YemenSana’a
Z
ZambiaLusaka
ZimbabweHarare
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