This is how Ireland ranks in happiness compared to the rest of the world

Norway is the happiest country on Earth, Americans are getting sadder, and it takes more than just money to be cheery, according to a new report.

So Norway vaulted to the top slot in the annual World Happiness Report, released on Monday, despite the plummeting price of oil - a key part of its economy.

Income in the United States has gone up over the past decade, but happiness is declining and the US slipped to 14th.

Ireland was one place lower in 15th, with the UK 19th, sandwiched between Luxembourg and Chile.

Money does matter, with most of the countries at the bottom of the list desperately poor, and the Central African Republic placed last of 155.

But after a certain point it does not buy extra happiness, experts say.

Economists calculate the rankings based on income and life expectancy, along with people's feelings about social support, personal freedom, corruption and generosity.


More in this Section

Alleged abuse victim told himself for years there was nothing improper about doctor's alleged actions

Kilkenny man who stabbed his pregnant sister sent to Central Mental Hospital

Jail for teen who 'boasted' to friends after raping girl at party

TD Mick Wallace faces disqualification as liquidator tells court of company's 'systemic, planned' non-payment of VAT


Today's Stories

Couple brought two young children with them to carry out carjacking

Calls for review of Cork city’s tree policy after Ophelia knocks up to 600 trees

After ‘dragging their feet’, banks to offer customers compensation

High levels of manganese in Cork village's water baffling

Lifestyle

Delving into the Irish tradition of Jack O'Laterns

Making Cents: How to call the scammers’ bluff

Why Hollywood gave superhero Thor a makeover

A helicopter put a piano on the 150-foot roof of Blarney Castle and other stories from the Cork Jazz Festival archives

More From The Irish Examiner