Most, Least Happy Countries in the World
US does not make the top 10
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2016 1:59 PM CDT
The sun sets over the Oresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark, seen from Lernacken, Sweden, on Sunday Jan. 3, 2016.   (Erland Vinberg /TT via AP, File)

(Newser) – The annual report from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network on the world's happiest and least happy countries is out, and if you live in the United States, sorry: The US doesn't make it into the Top 10 (it's ranked No. 13). The survey ranks 157 countries using factors including GDP, years of healthy life expectancy, freedom from business and government corruption, and "having someone to count on in times of trouble." The happiest:

  1. Denmark
  2. Switzerland
  3. Iceland
  4. Norway
  5. Finland

The least happy (in order from most to least happy):

  1. Benin
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Togo
  4. Syria
  5. Burundi
The SDSN notes that the editors of the list are encouraging a focus on "happiness inequality," saying that they have found such inequality has increased, and that people are happier in societies where there is more happiness equality. Click for the top and bottom 10 in each category from Reuters.