Annual report of the World Happiness Report, by Sustainable Development Solutions Network on behalf of the UN. The experts analyzed the standard of living, considering such factors as GDP per capita, social support of the population, life expectancy and attitude to corruption. Wealth is not a key parameter that affects the feeling of happiness, the authors of the study. So, Latvia in the period between 2005-2007 and 2014-2016 years showed a rapid growth in the happiness index. According to this indicator the country found itself in second place in the world, behind Nicaragua and ahead of Sierra Leone. Thus, for example, in the USA the income of residents grew, and the feeling of happiness has gone down.

The first position in the ranking for the period from 2014 to 2016 years is Norway, which slipped to second place Denmark (he was the leader of the rating three times in five years of research). In addition to Norway and Denmark top 10 most happiest countries were Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.

Only experts have studied 155 countries and territories. The most unfortunate were Central African Republic, close — Burundi, Tanzania, and Syria (in 2016 the unhappiest country in the world recognized Burundi).

Latvia in the ranking, compiled for the UN experts Networks for decision-making in the field of sustainable development, is located on the 54-th row (last year was 68), caught between Algeria and Moldova. For comparison, Lithuania is a 52-e a place (plus 8 seats), Estonia — 66th ( 6).

As for other countries, the United States in the ranking of happiness — 14th, Ireland — 15th, Germany — 16th, UK — 19th, France — 31st, Uzbekistan — 47, Russia — 49-I ( 7), Turkmenistan — 59th, Belarus — 67 (-6), China — 79th, Ukraine — 132(-9).

The authors of the report explain that the level of happiness of the population does not always correspond to the standard of living in the country. Satisfaction is affected by a combination of economic, social and environmental factors. It is also noted that citizens of countries with less social inequality are happier.