These are the world's 'happiest' countries in 2017


Posted at Mar 20 2017 05:44 PM

Children enjoy their school break at a playground in Manila in this November 20, 2015 file photo. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – The latest World Happiness Report is out, and a Scandinavian country topped this year’s list.

Norway was named the “happiest” country in the world in the report, which is based on factors such as GDP per capita, life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and public trust, among others.

Denmark, last year’s No. 1, finished second in this year’s list, followed by Iceland, Switzerland and Finland.

Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden rounded out the Top 10.

The United States landed at 14th place, the United Kingdom at 19th, Singapore at 26th, Japan at 51st, South Korea at 56th and Hong Kong at 71st. 

The Philippines was named the 72nd “happiest” country in the world, an improvement from last year’s ranking at the 82nd spot.

At the bottom of the list of 155 countries is Central African Republic, followed by Burundi, Tanzania, Syria, Rwanda and Togo.

Read more about the latest World Happiness Report here.