Mexico a little less happy. Mexico a little less happy.

Mexico drops slightly in happiness report

Norway is happiest country; Mexico ranked 25th on list of 155

Mexicans are not quite as happy as they were last year, according to the latest World Happiness Report.


The 2017 edition of the annual happiness survey of 155 countries ranked Mexico 25th, down from 21st place last year and well down from the 14th place it scored in 2015.

The happiest country in the world was Norway, followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland.

Canada placed seventh and the United States 14th, said the report, published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

At the bottom of the list was the Central African Republic, followed by Burundi and Tanzania.

The index was compiled by asking respondents to rate their lives on a scale of 0 to 10 with the best possible life being a 10.

The report than explains those scores using six variables: income, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on in times of trouble, generosity, freedom and trust, with the latter measured by the absence of corruption in business and government.

A typical national sample size is 3,000 respondents.

The report was presented yesterday to mark the International Day of Happiness.

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  • Anthony Stein

    Trump will knock down the good ole USA down to just one notch above tne Central African Republic by the time he is done!…or in jail with rest of his corrupt mobsters!

  • Sigurd Hansson

    This is interesting to me, a Norwegian living in México. I’d say I’m 25 times happier here, than in Norway, hehe. Even if you discard the horrendous weather in Norway, the people are cynical and becoming increasingly xenophobic. They are also very authoritarian and one of the most conform people in the world. Something which is easy to fathom once one experiences the strict and heavily regulated Norwegian society. The Norwegian people also have this ridiculous sense of superiority, thinking they are better than people from any other nation (a strong stench of nationalism). Not to mention the general cost of living. It’s so high that a vast majority of Norwegians cannot afford to go out socialising often. Which brings up another related factor; the number of suicides and the amount of mental illnesses in general.

    Mexico’s problems are we all aware of. They are of a very different, and I’m sure many would say of a more serious, character. There are positive and negative sides to both countries, but for me personally, I far prefer the Mexican way of life; the culture, the people and their mentality, and of course the individual/personal freedoms. I have never wanted to live in the U.S., and now I can’t ever imagine moving back to anywhere in Europe either.

    • Eugene Nero

      I love Mexico and Mexicans 80 % of the time. That is high praise where I come from.

  • Henry Wilson

    apparently brainwashing and incessant propaganda by the media, the schools, andy the narco pols can only be guaranteed so long.

    • BB

      In the US or in Mexico?