September 10, 2013
By Mark Johanson
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Here’s something to smile about: Global happiness is on the rise -- or at least the researchers who prepared the United Nations’ second annual World Happiness Report believe it is. And nowhere are the people happier, they say, than in one of the coldest corners of the planet: Scandinavia.
That’s right, though they may have to stare into a fake light for a few hours each winter to keep their spirits high, the people of Denmark, Norway and Sweden -- as well as their Northern European neighbors in the Netherlands and Switzerland -- reported some of the highest senses of well-being in the world in the latest iteration of the report, published Monday by the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The United States, meanwhile, came in at No. 17, the United Kingdom at No. 22, Germany at No. 26, Japan at No. 43 and China at No. 93.