Canada is the happiest place to live among G7 countries

The World Happiness Report (WHR) 2016 ranked Canada 6th globally, ahead of all G7 countries, including the U.S.A (13th), United Kingdom (23rd) and France (32nd). The report's purpose is to survey the scientific underpinnings of measuring and understanding subjective well-being.

6 Reasons Canada is a beacon of happiness and quality of life in the G7

WHR focuses on six variables that contribute to higher levels of happiness: GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption. Here is how Canada made its way to the top of the list of the happiest places in the world.

  1. Top 20 GDP per capita reflects Canada's economic well-being

    As one of the world's wealthiest nations, Canadians benefit from competitive advanced manufacturing sectors including automotive, aerospace, life sciences and medical technology and information technology. According to the World Bank, Canada's GDP per capita is the 19th highest in the world.
  2. Canada offers social support, unrivalled among G7

    WHR's measure of 'social support' is based upon a Gallup World Poll (GWP) that asked whether people had someone to count on during a crisis. Canada ranked seventh of 158 countries, and first among G7 countries.
  3. Canadians live longer, healthier lives

    Canada's universal healthcare system is one reason Canadians are able to remain happy and healthy, without having to worry about reaching into their own pockets for healthcare expenses. The World Health Organization ranks Canada 9th in the world for life expectancy.
  4. Canadians have the freedom to make life choices

    WHR's measure of the perception of peoples' freedom to make life choices is based upon a GWP that asked: "Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with your freedom to choose what you do with your life?" According to the poll, Canada ranked 13th globally, and first among G7 countries.
  5. Canadians are among the world's most generous people

    In the G7, Canada trails only the United Kingdom in 'generosity,' which is based upon a GWP that examines reported charitable donations. Canada ranked 13th globally, with approximately a quarter of its citizens having reported giving to charity over the past month. The United States ranked 20th, Germany 22nd and Italy 79th, rounding out the G7's top five 'most generous countries.'
  6. Canada is one of the least corrupt countries in the world

    While public-sector corruption remains a major problem around the world, Transparency International ranks Canada 8th globally among 167 countries on its Corruptions Perceptions Index. Canada placed ahead of Germany and the United Kingdom (tied for 10th) and the United States (16th).

Access the full report: World Happiness Report 2016

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April 27, 2016

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