Israel beats U.S. on list of happiest countries, ranks 11th worldwide

Jerusalem's Zion Square. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( A new report ranking countries by happiness shows that Israel is the 11th-happiest country in the world—happier than the U.S., which was ranked 13th.

The report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, shows that the world's happiest countries (in this order) are Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Israel, Austria, and the U.S.

The report ranks 157 countries based on their GDP, social support, life expectancy, freedom of choice, and generosity. 

"This is a strong message for my country, the United States, which is very rich, has gotten a lot richer over the last 50 years, but has gotten no happier," said Professor Jeffrey Sachs, head of the SDSN, regarding the American place outside the top 10, according to Reuters.

A chart showing the top 39 countries in the 2016 World Happiness Report. Credit: Screenshot from the 2016 World Happiness Report.

Posted on March 18, 2016 .