There's a New Happiest Country in the World

At this point in your life, the happiest place in the world is somewhere between a large pepperoni pizza and six-pack of beer. But when it comes to the happiest country in the world, a new report commissioned by the United Nations has awarded the annual title to a country other than Denmark or Sweden for the first time. Hint: it's not the United States.

After taking fourth place for the last two years, Norway is now the no. 1 happiest country in the world, according to the World Happiness Report 2017, an annual study of more than 150 countries published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network via the UN. The ranking is based on factors such as healthcare, life expectancy, freedom, gross domestic product per capita, and other social and economic conditions in each nation. You can read the full study right here

The Scandinavian nation of about 5 million people takes the top spot on the ranking from its neighbor, Denmark, which has earned the title of "happiest country in the world" three of the four other times the report has come out, including last year. Switzerland swiped the honor back in 2015, but slide to fourth place this year. On the other hand, the unhappiest country appears to be the Central African Republic, which ranked dead last -- in 155th place -- followed by Burundi, Tanzania, Syria, and Rwanda. In case you're wondering, the US ranked 14th on the list, dropping down one spot from last year. 

Here's the top 10:

10. Sweden
9. Australia
8. New Zealand
7. Canada
6. Netherlands
5. Finland
4. Switzerland
3. Iceland
2. Denmark
1. Norway

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and wonders if the US will ever top the list. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.