Countries you’d expect to be happy — those with strong economies and quality of life — are still pretty happy, even though many fell short of the top 10 and could improve policies to make their citizens even happier. The United States (6.993) is ranked 14th. France (6.442) ranked 31. Japan (5.920) was 51st.
The least happy places on Earth are not surprising. They tend to be countries that have experienced war, natural disasters and hardship: 151. Rwanda (3.471) 152. Syria (3.462) 153. Tanzania (3.349) 154. Burundi (2.905) 155. Central African Republic (2.693).