Editors: John Helliwell, Richard Layard, Jeffrey Sachs et al.
Sustainable Development Solutions Network, March 2017
188 pp. 5.0 MB
Norwegians are, on average, the happiest people in the world, according to the United Nations report released to mark the UN’s International Day of Happiness, 20 March. Increasingly, happiness is considered to be the proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy. In June 2016 the OECD committed itself “to redefine the growth narrative to put people’s well-being at the center of governments’ efforts”. Norway has jumped from 4th place in 2016 to 1st place this year, followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland in a tightly packed bunch. All of the top four countries rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance.