Most people, no matter where they live, want to be happy, but it turns out that some countries are, on the whole, happier than others. This may not be surprising in itself, but a poll of more than 16,000 people from 20 of the world's industrialized nations gives us insight into which nations are the happiest.
Unsurprisingly, Sweden topped the list, with a whopping 88% of its residents reporting a general happiness that is probably the result of socialized health care, extensive vacation time, paid maternity and paternity leave, a strong Euro-based economy, a general lack of involvement in armed international conflict, a vibrant arts and cultural community, a commitment to universal education, and a beautiful natural landscape, among other factors.
The United States reported 83% happiness levels, which puts it in a tie for fourth; Spain, which is currently experiencing levels of unemployment higher than those during the American Great Depression, came in last at 59% happiness.
Here's the list.