A new report finds Danes to be the happiest nation in the world due to their level of subjective well-being and life satisfaction.
Northern European countries top the list of happy nations, with Sweden, Ireland, Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, Norway and Belgium ranking 4th to 10th.
Released by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) the survey was based on whether people believed their lives to be dominated by positive experiences and feelings or negative ones.
The OECD used the data gathered from a 2008 Gallup World Poll conducted in 140 countries, which surveyed a representative sample of no more than 1,000 people, above the age 15, in each country.
The OECD data shows that overall economic health, work-life balance and low unemployment are among the most important factors which can bring happiness into people's lives.
The OECD is an international organization that provides economic and social statistics and data, helping governments tackle economic, social and governance challenges.
Courtesy PressTV : Sun, 10 May 2009