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The World Happiness Report ranks countries based on economic and social factors. Norway was rated the happiest place on Earth in 2017, while the bottom 10 countries are among the poorest. The rankings measure happiness by examining income, life expectancy, social support, generosity, freedom, and absence of corruption. Jeffrey D. Sachs wants governments to analyze and measure happiness. The UAE created a minister of happiness position to lead government policy for social good.

Since 2012, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network has published a World Happiness Report, ranking countries based on economic and social factors. In 2017, Norway was rated the happiest place on Earth, followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland. At the other end of the happiness spectrum, the bottom 10 countries on the list are among the poorest in the world: Yemen, South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Syria, Tanzania, Burundi and the Central African Republic. The United States was number 14 on the list, between Austria and Ireland.

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The rankings attempt to quantify and measure happiness by examining a country’s per capita income, healthy life expectancy, social support system, generosity, freedom, and the absence of corruption in business and government.
Jeffrey D. Sachs, an economist at Columbia University and one of the editors of the report, said: “I want governments to measure it, discuss it, analyze it and figure out when they’ve gone the wrong way.”
Last year, the UAE was one of the few countries to create a position of minister of happiness, in order to help “lead government policy to create social good and satisfaction”.

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