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Denmark Happiest Country on Earth, US Ranks 13, Burundi at Bottom

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People take part in the Copenhagen Carnival parade May 23, 2015. The annual carnival takes place from May 23 to 24 during the Whitsun Holiday. (Jens Astrup/Scanpix Denmark/Reuters)

By    |   Thursday, 17 Mar 2016 01:27 PM

Denmark, a Scandinavian country long praised by socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, is the happiest country in the world, says a new report released Wednesday.

The fourth-ever World Happiness Report is compiled based on individual responses to a global poll conducted by Gallup.

One of the questions refers to the so-called Cantril Ladder: "Please imagine a ladder, with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top. The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time?"

Questions like those were balanced with other criteria like gross domestic product per capita, life expectancy, social support, trust in government and business, perceived freedom, and generosity.

Denmark ranked first for the third time. It was followed by Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden — nations that are notably homogenous, The New York Times explained

The United States ranked No. 13, up two positions since 2015.

Brazil ranked 17th, Mexico 21st, United Kingdom 23rd, Japan 53rd, Russia 56th, China 83rd, India 118th.

All the way at the bottom of the list was Burundi, clustered alongside Syria, Togo, Afghanistan, Benin, Rwanda, Guinea, Liberia, Tanzania, and Madagascar. These unhappiest of countries have been racked by war, disease, and in many cases both.

As the BBC reported, "The report found that people are happier living in societies where there is less inequality of happiness. Likewise it found that the bigger the gap — or inequality — in a country's happiness, the more widespread unhappiness is as a whole." 

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