Denmark has been declared the planet’s most contented country, pipping Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Finland to top spot in the annual World Happiness Report.
Britain fell two places to 23rd in the report, which ranks 157 countries according to factors such as equality, GDP per capita, social support, life expectancy , “perceptions of corruption” and “freedom to make life choices” – placing it below the likes of Mexico and Singapore. The study, the work of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a global initiative for the United Nations, also examined how people evaluated their own lives on a scale of 0 to 10.
Despite being famous for its cold winters, Viking raiders and the melancholy Prince Hamlet, Denmark beat last year’s winner, Switzerland, with a total “happiness score” of 7.526. It has fared well in every recent report, taking top spot in 2013 and third place in 2015.