Fri, 06 Apr 2012 10:47:31 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
World’s happiest countries

Where does Canada rank in the UN's first-ever World Happiness Report?



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What makes a country happy? Well, that's tough. Is it political freedom? Yup. Strong social networks? Sure. Wealth, health and economic stability? Yes, yes, yes.

In fact, according to the first-ever World Happiness Report from the UN's Conference on Happiness, a nation's satisfaction takes into account all these things, as well as other variables ranging from income levels to the absence of corruption. But that's not everything: in spite of unfavourable finances and other weak peripheral measures, some countries report simply being happier than others, riches be damned. Which nations, then, are the world's happiest, and where does Canada fall in the rankings? Click through to find out.

* All figures in USD.

** The World Happiness Report surveyed some 150 countries, and drew results from various sources, including the Gallup World Poll, the World Values Survey, the European Values Survey, and the European Social Survey.

* Bing: What is the richest country in the world?

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