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Denmark, and unhappiest is Togo: report
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2012 12:19 PM CDT
People enjoying the warm weather at the Lakes in Copenhagen on Saturday, Oct 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/Polfoto/Peter Mydske)

(Newser) – Bhutan measures the mood of its citizens in a national happiness index, and in an international meeting held at the UN yesterday and led by the country, it urged other nations to follow its lead. A report released for the meeting, taking into account polls from 2005 to 2011, ranks the happiest and unhappiest countries. The happiest (the US makes an appearance at No. 11):

  1. Denmark
  2. Finland
  3. Norway
  4. Netherlands
  5. Canada

The unhappiest, starting with last place:

  • Togo
  • Benin
  • Central African Republic
  • Sierra Leone
  • Burundi
The Los Angeles Times notes that the unhappiest countries are, not surprisingly, much poorer than the happiest countries and have a much lower life expectancy. Click for the top 10 in both categories, or check out why you may not want to be too happy. (Read more happiness stories.)

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