Lithuania has made it to the top 20 in the latest World Happiness Report. The Baltic country has been climbing steadily over the past six years from 52nd place in 2017 to 20th on the latest list.
The report is a publication by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. It draws on global survey data from residents in over 150 countries, with countries ranked based on their average life evaluations over the preceding three years, in this case, 2020 to 2022.
The ranking of the countries is based on data from sources like the Gallup World Poll, leveraging six key factors: social support, income, health, freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.
Finland has retained the world’s happiest country’s title for the sixth year in a row, according to World Happiness Report.
The Nordic country and its neighbours Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway are all ranking highly.
Israel has moved up to fourth place this year from its ninth ranking last year, while the Netherlands (5th), Switzerland (8th), Luxembourg (9th) and New Zealand (10th) round out the top 10.
Australia (12th), Canada (13th), Ireland (14th), the United States (15th) and the United Kingdom (19th) all made it into the top 20.
Estonia ranks 31st and Latvia 41st in the World Happiness Report.
France dropped out of the top 20 to 21st place in this year’s report.
World’s happiest countries for 2023:
10. New Zealand
15. United States
18. Czech Republic
19. United Kingdom