American Scientists Publish Happiest Country List, How Does Croatia Rank?

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the report, which looked at the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented crisis it caused over the past couple of years on general human well-being, is compiled each year by American scientists based on research from the Gallup Institute.

According to this report, the happiest country, Finland, is closely followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Israel and then a very distant country – New Zealand.

When it comes to Croatia and countries in the immediate vicinity, we’re in 47th place, neighbouring Slovenia came in 22nd place and Serbia in 43rd place, while Bosnia and Herzegovina is in an unenviable 67th place. Austria took an impressive 11th place, Germany came in 14th, Canada took 15th place, and the United States came in 16th place.

At the bottom of the list of more than 150 countries which were looked into by the Gallup Institute are Afghanistan, Lebanon and Venezuela. The European countries of Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, on the other hand, have made the most progress.

The report is compiled by the aforementioned institute is otherwise based on data spanning the last three years.

The American scientists who looked into the research and compiled the list have noticed a significant increase in so-called acts of kindness during the coronavirus pandemic. “Helping others, volunteering and donations in 2021 rose sharply in all parts of the world, reaching levels almost 25 percent higher than before the pandemic,” they said.

“This rush of benevolence, which has been particularly great in helping others, provides strong evidence that people do respond to help others in need, they want to create more happiness for those recipients, be good examples for others and live a better life for themselves,” the report said.

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