New Zealand tenth on World Happiness

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  • October 2, 2023
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The world’s happiest countries have been revealed for 2023.

The World Happiness Report comes from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, powered by information from the Gallup World Poll.

New Zealand ranked tenth. The report rates countries based on six categories; GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and corruption.

From first to ninth, the rest of the top ten is as follows: Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Israel, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg.

Governments across the globe continue to use the report as reference for significant policy-making.

The 2023 World Happiness Report shows that despite several overlapping global challenges and crises such as the coronavirus pandemic and widespread natural disasters and climate change effects, most populations continue to show incredible levels of resilience.

One notable example is that global life satisfaction averages in the coronavirus years of 2020 to 2022 are just as high as those before the pandemic.

The World Happiness Report recommends that the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and rights like those under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights be established deeper.

“These rights and goals are essential tools for increasing human happiness and reducing misery now and into the future,” the report’s executive summary states.

“Once happiness is accepted as the goal of government, this has other profound effects on institutional practices. Health, especially mental health, assumes even more priority, as does the quality of work, family life, and community.”

“War-torn Afghanistan and Lebanon remain the two unhappiest countries in the survey, with average life evaluations more than five points lower (on a scale running from 0 to 10) than in the ten happiest countries.”

Visit to read the report in full and explore further details