There’s a lot to unpack as we enter the spring of 2022. There’s the ongoing pandemic, the threat of more frequent catastrophic weather events from climate change, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

And yet, even as the world undergoes disastrous and devastating problems, people are finding ways to not only make it, but be happy. The World Happiness Report, a publication from the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network that uses Gallup World Poll data, recently put out its 10th anniversary edition. The latest found that benevolence has had a solid increase around the world, even as unforeseen problems pop up.

For the past 10 years, the World Happiness report has used annual survey data with responses from thousands of people in 150 countries. This year’s report uses survey data from the Gallup World Poll from 2019 to 2021. The Gallup World Poll measures levels of GDP, life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom, and corruption. It then compares them to the benchmark country — a hypothetical dystopia that has the world’s lowest levels in these categories.

The world’s happiest countries tend to be Nordic, with Finland ranking the happiest country for the fifth year in a row. Denmark and Sweden took second and third place. These countries score high in all six categories, receiving overall scores of 7.3 or higher out of eight. Norway came in at number eight, and it’s safe to say the concept of friluftsliv might have something to do with that. The Netherlands, with its refreshing uitwaaien habit, made it to number five. The United States ranks 16th with a score of 6.977.

The 20 happiest countries in the world:

  1. Finland (7.821)
  2. Denmark (7.636)
  3. Iceland (7.557)
  4. Switzerland (7.512)
  5. Netherlands (7.415)
  6. Luxembourg (7.404)
  7. Sweden (7.384)
  8. Norway (7.365)
  9. Israel (7.364)
  10. New Zealand (7.200)
  11. Austria (7.163)
  12. Australia (7.162)
  13. Ireland (7.041)
  14. Germany (7.034)
  15. Canada (7.025)
  16. United States (6.977)
  17. United Kingdom (6.943)
  18. Czechia (6.920)
  19. Belgium (6.805)
  20. France (6.687)

War-torn regions saw the lowest scores, with Afghanistan ranked 150th. And while Israel ranks ninth, the Palestinian territories come in at 122nd. Russia ranked 80th in this year’s report and Ukraine ranked 98th, though these numbers are obviously expected to change in the next report.