Last year’s World Happiness Report 2021 saw Germany claim the title of the seventh happiest country in the world. However, in this year’s iteration, Germany fell back in the rankings, falling from the top 10 to 14th place.
The World Happiness Report 2022
The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network has once again released its annual World Happiness Report. This year, the report ranked 146 countries according to the perceived happiness of their citizens. The 10th version of the annual report is titled “Happiness, Kindness and Trust During COVID-19 and Beyond” and examines the long-term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and how it has affected people’s happiness and well-being. .
The report uses the Gallup World Poll as its main source of information, with this year’s report using data from 2019, 2020 and 2021. Respondents to the Gallup World Poll were asked to rate their current happiness in life, assigning it a score of 1 (being the worst possible life) to 10 (being the best). The report collated around 1,000 responses from each country and calculated a weighted, population-representative national average for each year. The happiness ranking is then based on each country’s three-year average.
Once again, Finland got ahead of the competition, finishing first for the fifth year in a row. Finland is joined by its Scandinavian neighbours, with Denmark in second place and Iceland in third. Switzerland was ranked the fourth happiest country in the world and the Netherlands completed the top five.
Germany slips down the rankings
Despite climbing 10 places in the 2021 edition to claim the title of seventh happiest country, Germany has slipped back in the rankings this year, falling to 14th place. With a score of 7,034 out of 10, Germany finds itself behind Ireland, Austria, New Zealand and Israel.
The report also includes six metrics that, while not used to discern audience happiness and create the rankings, help explain each country’s placement. The six measures are: GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perceptions of corruption. Germany scored on average similar to the countries above in all categories except generosity and freedom of life choice, in which it significantly underperformed.
Germany’s poor performance in this year’s report is perhaps unsurprising, as the Federal Republic has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus in recent years. The country has seen a number of lockdowns that have seen the closure of shops, restaurants and a myriad of other public services and institutions, as well as strict contact regulations imposed on German citizens and residents.
The 10 happiest countries in the world in 2022
According to the World Happiness Report 2022, the 10 happiest countries in the world are:
- Finland (7,821)
- Denmark (7,636)
- Iceland (7.55)
- Switzerland (7,512)
- Netherlands (7,415)
- Luxemburg (7,404)
- Sweden (7,384)
- Norway (7,365)
- Israel (7,364)
- New Zealand (7,200)
For more information, including a detailed breakdown of the report and the methodology used, you can visit the World Happiness Report website.