<p>Denmark is the world’s happiest country while Burundi hits bottom according to a United Nations report that was released on Wednesday.</p> <p>The <a href="http://worldhappiness.report/ed/2016/" target="_blank">report</a> was prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (<span class="caps">SDSN</span>) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University.</p> <p>Syria and Afghanistan and other eight sub-Saharan African countries were rated as the least happiest countries to live in.</p> <p>Denmark overtook Switzerland in this report that also warned that financial prosperity does not necessarily lead to happiness. </p> <p>“A report like this is a message not only to poor countries. There are even some inexpensive ways to do better: focus on health, focus on improving the honesty of government, doesn’t cost a lot of money and it can be done. It’s a message to rich countries also like the United States that have a kind of pure money mentality and have let the social fabric fall apart,” said Professor Jeffrey Sachs, head of the <span class="caps">SDSN</span> and special advisor to the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.</p> <p>Other countries that are ranked below Denmark include, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Canada. </p> <p>The World Happiness Report 2016 Update, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, was released in Rome in advance of UN World Happiness Day on March 20. </p> <p>The widespread interest in the World Happiness Report, of which this is the fourth, reflects growing global interest in using happiness and subjective well-being as primary indicators of the quality of human development</p> <p>This report checked on variables such as real <span class="caps">GDP</span> per person, healthy life expectancy, corruption levels and social freedoms. The results come from 2012-2015 Gallup polling data, which included between 2,000 and 3,000 people in each country.</p>
It's a message to rich countries also like the United States that have a kind of pure money mentality and have let the social fabric fall apart.