2023 World Happiness Report: Luxembourg among Top 10 Countries

31 March 2023

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Luxembourg – world’s 9th happiest country

Luxembourg ranks 9th out of 156 countries. The happiness score includes measures such as GDP, social support, generosity and personal freedom.

Luxembourg is ranked 9th in 2023, down from 6th in 2022 (and 8th in 2021). This is mainly due to the good economic performance of the country, as wealth (GDP per capita) is the single biggest contributor to Luxembourg’s ranking (ranked 1st). Notably, Luxembourg also placed 8th best for its low level of corruption, 13th for life expectancy and 16th for the freedom to make life choices.

To establish the ranking, the authors conduct interviews with residents of the 150+ countries to gauge their level of happiness. These data are then crossed with national GDP, social support, personal freedom and levels of corruption to give each nation a happiness score.

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Greater Region performances:
– Germany: 16th place (Down from 14th in 2022)
– Belgium: 17th place (Up from 19th in 2022)
– France: 21st place (Down from 20th in 2022)

Happiness in difficult times

The World Happiness Report 2023 shows that despite several overlapping crises, most populations around the world continue to be remarkably resilient, with global life satisfaction averages in the COVID-19 years 2020-2022 just as high as those in the pre-pandemic years. Professor John F. Helliwell, editor of the report from the University of British Columbia said “Average happiness and our country rankings, for emotions as well as life evaluations, have been remarkably stable during the three COVID-19 years”.

Learn about how the OECD highlighted the agility with which Luxembourg responded to the COVID-19 crisis.

The World Happiness Report is an annual UN-sponsored report now in its eleventh year, carried out by the Gallup Institute.

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