Denmark has reclaimed its place as the world’s happiest country, while Burundi ranks as the least happy nation, according to a report. The report found that inequality was strongly associated with unhappiness – a stark finding for rich countries like the United States, where rising disparities in income, wealth, health and well-being have fueled political discontent. Denmark topped the list in the first report, in 2012, and again in 2013. In this year’s ranking, Denmark was back at No. 1, followed by Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.
At the bottom of the list was Burundi, where a violent political crisis broke out last year. Burundi was preceded by Syria, Togo, Afghanistan, Benin, Rwanda, Guinea, Liberia, Tanzania and Madagascar. All of those nations are poor, and many have been destabilised by war. China came in at No. 83, India at No. 118 and the US at No. 13. The field of happiness research has grown in recent years, but there is significant disagreement about how to measure happiness.