Czech Republic ranked 20th happiest

The country has been rising in its happiness level since the first report

The Czech Republic reached 20th place in the 2019 edition of the annual World Happiness Report, published by United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The country had been ranked 21st in the previous report.

“The Czech Republic rounds out the top 20 by switching positions with the United Arab Emirates. Both countries posted rising averages, with the Czech score rising more,” the report stated.

Finland remained in the number one spot, while Denmark rose to second, pushing Norway down to third. Western European countries took the first seven spots, and eight out of the top 10. The two non-European countries were New Zealand at eighth and Canada at ninth.

The Czech Republic was best in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region.

The three least happy countries were Afghanistan, Central African Republic and South Sudan.

The World Happiness Report is a survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be.

Factors holding the Czech Republic back were corruption (121st place) and generosity (117th), with the country in the lower part of the chart. Higher marks were score in social support (24th), GDP per capita (32nd), health and life expectancy (31st) and freedom (58th).

The scores are based on a three-year average. Compared to the first report, using averages from 2005–08, the Czech Republic has been improving in happiness, and was 45th most improved. The leader in improvement was Benin, followed Nicaragua, Bulgaria and Latvia.

Half of the countries in the ranking fell in the level of happiness, with Botswana, Syria and Venezuela dropping the most.

“In Central and Eastern Europe, there were 15 significant gains against only one significant decline, while in Western Europe there were eight significant losses compared to four significant gains. The Commonwealth of Independent States was a significant net gainer, with eight gains against two losses,” the report said. Belarus was the CEE country to drop significantly.

Ranking of Happiness 2016–18
1 Finland
2. Denmark
3. Norway
4. Iceland
5. Netherlands
6. Switzerland
7. Sweden
8. New Zealand
9. Canada
10. Austria
11. Australia
12. Costa Rica
13. Israel
14. Luxembourg
15. United Kingdom
16. Ireland
17. Germany
18. Belgium
19. United States
20. Czech Republic

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