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    World's Happiest Countries

    How much of an impact can your surroundings have on your overall happiness? Though we’d like to think we all have complete control over our own emotions, where one lives can have a considerable impact on their personal well-being, and a recent study from the United Nations shows that not all places are created equal.

    Since 2012, the annual World Happiness Report, a study commissioned by the UN, has surveyed over 150 countries to determine a “happiness score” for each, viewing happiness itself as a strong measure of social progress and ultimately a central goal of public policy efforts.

    The survey asks respondents to rank their current happiness on a 1 to 10 scale where 1 indicates the worst possible life and 10 represents the best. From this data, the UN seeks to explain the score for each country using data around GDP, life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom, and corruption - as well as how that country compares to “Dystopia”, a hypothetical country representing the world’s lowest averages for each of the aforementioned factors.

    In the United States, where the pursuit of happiness is an inalienable right, shifts in scoring have dropped the country sixteen spots since 2012. Nordic nations meanwhile have been revealed to have a firm grasp on the top happiness spots. Take a look at the list of the top 100 happiest countries in the world - it might just give you something to smile about.

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    #100. Mongolia

    Happiness Score: 4.955

    Explained by per capita GDP: 20.7%
    Explained by Social Support: 30.1%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.3%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.0%
    Explained by Generosity: 6.8%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.7%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 22.4%

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    #99. Nepal

    Happiness Score: 4.962

    Explained by per capita GDP: 9.7%
    Explained by Social Support: 23.8%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.2%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.9%
    Explained by Generosity: 7.9%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.5%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 38.1%

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    #98. Kyrgyzstan

    Happiness Score: 5.004

    Explained by per capita GDP: 11.9%
    Explained by Social Support: 27.9%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.1%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 9.1%
    Explained by Generosity: 8.6%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.8%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 30.7%

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    #97. Bhutan

    Happiness Score: 5.011

    Explained by per capita GDP: 17.7%
    Explained by Social Support: 26.7%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 9.9%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 10.0%
    Explained by Generosity: 9.5%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 3.5%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 22.7%

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    #96. Tajikistan

    Happiness Score: 5.041

    Explained by per capita GDP: 10.4%
    Explained by Social Support: 25.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.5%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 9.4%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.9%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.9%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 36.7%

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    #95. Nigeria

    Happiness Score: 5.074

    Explained by per capita GDP: 15.5%
    Explained by Social Support: 24.0%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 1.1%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.8%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.6%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.5%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 46.6%

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    #94. Vietnam

    Happiness Score: 5.074

    Explained by per capita GDP: 15.5%
    Explained by Social Support: 25.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 12.8%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 11.3%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.6%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.7%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 28.8%

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    #93. Somalia

    Happiness Score: 5.151

    Explained by per capita GDP: 0.4%
    Explained by Social Support: 14.0%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 2.2%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 11.7%
    Explained by Generosity: 5.7%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 5.5%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 60.5%

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    #92. Macedonia

    Happiness Score: 5.175

    Explained by per capita GDP: 20.6%
    Explained by Social Support: 23.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 12.5%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 6.3%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.9%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.2%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 31.2%

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    #91. Honduras

    Happiness Score: 5.181

    Explained by per capita GDP: 14.1%
    Explained by Social Support: 22.1%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.3%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 6.7%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.6%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.4%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 39.9%

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    #90. Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Happiness Score: 5.182

    Explained by per capita GDP: 19.0%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.6%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 13.6%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 3.9%
    Explained by Generosity: 6.3%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.0%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 36.5%

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    #89. Portugal

    Happiness Score: 5.195

    Explained by per capita GDP: 25.3%
    Explained by Social Support: 26.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 15.3%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 9.6%
    Explained by Generosity: 1.8%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.3%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 21.3%

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    #88. Lebanon

    Happiness Score: 5.225

    Explained by per capita GDP: 20.6%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.6%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 14.1%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 5.5%
    Explained by Generosity: 5.1%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.7%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 32.4%

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    #87. Greece

    Happiness Score: 5.227

    Explained by per capita GDP: 24.7%
    Explained by Social Support: 23.7%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 15.5%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 1.8%
    Explained by Generosity: 0.0%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.8%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 33.5%

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    #86. Dominican Republic

    Happiness Score: 5.23

    Explained by per capita GDP: 20.6%
    Explained by Social Support: 26.8%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.0%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 10.6%
    Explained by Generosity: 3.6%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.2%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 25.2%

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    #85. Azerbaijan

    Happiness Score: 5.234

    Explained by per capita GDP: 22.0%
    Explained by Social Support: 22.0%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.3%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.6%
    Explained by Generosity: 0.9%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 3.5%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 33.7%

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    #84. Morocco

    Happiness Score: 5.235

    Explained by per capita GDP: 16.8%
    Explained by Social Support: 14.8%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.8%
    Explained by Generosity: 0.6%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.7%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 46.9%

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    #83. Montenegro

    Happiness Score: 5.237

    Explained by per capita GDP: 21.4%
    Explained by Social Support: 23.6%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 12.7%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 3.7%
    Explained by Generosity: 3.8%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.7%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 33.0%

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    #82. Venezuela

    Happiness Score: 5.25

    Explained by per capita GDP: 21.5%
    Explained by Social Support: 27.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.8%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 2.9%
    Explained by Generosity: 1.2%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.2%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 34.1%

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    #81. Indonesia

    Happiness Score: 5.262

    Explained by per capita GDP: 18.9%
    Explained by Social Support: 24.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 9.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.4%
    Explained by Generosity: 11.6%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.3%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 27.2%

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    #80. Pakistan

    Happiness Score: 5.269

    Explained by per capita GDP: 13.8%
    Explained by Social Support: 12.8%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 7.6%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 4.5%
    Explained by Generosity: 6.0%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.4%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 53.0%

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    #79. China

    Happiness Score: 5.273

    Explained by per capita GDP: 20.5%
    Explained by Social Support: 22.0%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 14.1%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 9.0%
    Explained by Generosity: 0.5%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.4%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 33.5%

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    #78. Kosovo

    Happiness Score: 5.279

    Explained by per capita GDP: 18.0%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.6%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.2%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 4.9%
    Explained by Generosity: 6.1%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.1%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 38.1%

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    #77. Croatia

    Happiness Score: 5.293

    Explained by per capita GDP: 23.1%
    Explained by Social Support: 18.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 13.2%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 4.8%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.7%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.8%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 35.0%

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    #76. Jamaica

    Happiness Score: 5.311

    Explained by per capita GDP: 17.4%
    Explained by Social Support: 25.8%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 12.1%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.9%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.4%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.0%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 30.4%

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    #75. Hungary

    Happiness Score: 5.324

    Explained by per capita GDP: 24.2%
    Explained by Social Support: 25.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 12.9%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 3.3%
    Explained by Generosity: 1.5%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.7%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 32.2%

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    #74. Jordan

    Happiness Score: 5.336

    Explained by per capita GDP: 18.6%
    Explained by Social Support: 23.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.3%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.8%
    Explained by Generosity: 3.2%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.2%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 33.6%

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    #73. Serbia

    Happiness Score: 5.395

    Explained by per capita GDP: 19.8%
    Explained by Social Support: 23.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 12.1%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 3.9%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.1%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.8%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 36.1%

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    #72. Philippines

    Happiness Score: 5.43

    Explained by per capita GDP: 15.8%
    Explained by Social Support: 23.1%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 8.6%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 10.8%
    Explained by Generosity: 3.6%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.8%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 36.3%

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    #71. Hong Kong S.A.R., China

    Happiness Score: 5.472

    Explained by per capita GDP: 28.4%
    Explained by Social Support: 23.1%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 17.2%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 9.0%
    Explained by Generosity: 6.8%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 5.4%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 10.1%

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    #70. Paraguay

    Happiness Score: 5.493

    Explained by per capita GDP: 17.0%
    Explained by Social Support: 27.4%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.5%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.6%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.1%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.7%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 30.7%

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    #69. Turkey

    Happiness Score: 5.5

    Explained by per capita GDP: 21.8%
    Explained by Social Support: 24.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.6%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 5.5%
    Explained by Generosity: 0.9%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.8%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 34.2%

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    #68. Libya

    Happiness Score: 5.525

    Explained by per capita GDP: 19.9%
    Explained by Social Support: 24.6%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 9.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.4%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.8%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.7%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 33.2%

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    #67. Belarus

    Happiness Score: 5.569

    Explained by per capita GDP: 20.8%
    Explained by Social Support: 25.9%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.5%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 5.3%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.8%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.8%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 30.9%

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    #66. Estonia

    Happiness Score: 5.611

    Explained by per capita GDP: 23.5%
    Explained by Social Support: 26.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 12.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.5%
    Explained by Generosity: 1.8%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 3.3%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 24.2%

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    #65. Cyprus

    Happiness Score: 5.621

    Explained by per capita GDP: 24.1%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.1%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 15.0%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 6.3%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.8%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.7%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 28.8%

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    #64. Mauritius

    Happiness Score: 5.629

    Explained by per capita GDP: 21.1%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.5%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.3%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.7%
    Explained by Generosity: 6.4%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.7%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 30.2%

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    #63. Peru

    Happiness Score: 5.715

    Explained by per capita GDP: 18.1%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.0%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.9%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.2%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.8%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 38.6%

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    #62. Slovenia

    Happiness Score: 5.758

    Explained by per capita GDP: 23.3%
    Explained by Social Support: 25.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 13.7%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 10.0%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.2%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.8%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 22.8%

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    #61. North Cyprus

    Happiness Score: 5.81

    Explained by per capita GDP: 23.2%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.4%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 14.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.1%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.6%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.7%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 26.7%

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    #60. Kazakhstan

    Happiness Score: 5.819

    Explained by per capita GDP: 22.1%
    Explained by Social Support: 23.8%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.5%
    Explained by Generosity: 3.5%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.0%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 30.7%

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    #59. Turkmenistan

    Happiness Score: 5.822

    Explained by per capita GDP: 19.4%
    Explained by Social Support: 25.6%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 7.5%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.2%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.3%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 4.4%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 31.5%

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    #58. Bolivia

    Happiness Score: 5.823

    Explained by per capita GDP: 14.3%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.1%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 8.1%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 9.6%
    Explained by Generosity: 3.9%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.0%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 42.0%

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    #57. Romania

    Happiness Score: 5.825

    Explained by per capita GDP: 20.9%
    Explained by Social Support: 19.7%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.8%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.8%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.3%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.1%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 37.4%

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    #56. Moldova

    Happiness Score: 5.838

    Explained by per capita GDP: 12.5%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.4%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.1%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 4.1%
    Explained by Generosity: 3.6%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.2%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 48.1%

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    #55. South Korea

    Happiness Score: 5.838

    Explained by per capita GDP: 24.0%
    Explained by Social Support: 19.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 15.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 4.4%
    Explained by Generosity: 3.5%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.1%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 32.2%

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    #54. Latvia

    Happiness Score: 5.85

    Explained by per capita GDP: 21.6%
    Explained by Social Support: 24.0%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.9%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 5.6%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.6%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.3%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 34.1%

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    #53. Algeria

    Happiness Score: 5.872

    Explained by per capita GDP: 18.6%
    Explained by Social Support: 19.5%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.5%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 4.0%
    Explained by Generosity: 1.2%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.5%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 43.7%

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    #52. Lithuania

    Happiness Score: 5.902

    Explained by per capita GDP: 22.3%
    Explained by Social Support: 25.0%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.7%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 4.0%
    Explained by Generosity: 0.2%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.2%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 37.7%

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    #51. Japan

    Happiness Score: 5.92

    Explained by per capita GDP: 23.9%
    Explained by Social Support: 24.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 15.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.5%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.0%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.8%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 23.0%

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    #50. Belize

    Happiness Score: 5.956

    Explained by per capita GDP: 15.2%
    Explained by Social Support: 18.1%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 7.6%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 9.2%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.0%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.6%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 44.2%

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    #49. Russia

    Happiness Score: 5.963

    Explained by per capita GDP: 21.5%
    Explained by Social Support: 24.6%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 9.2%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 6.3%
    Explained by Generosity: 0.9%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.6%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 37.0%

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    #48. Italy

    Happiness Score: 5.964

    Explained by per capita GDP: 23.4%
    Explained by Social Support: 24.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 14.3%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 4.3%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.9%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.5%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 30.4%

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    #47. Uzbekistan

    Happiness Score: 5.971

    Explained by per capita GDP: 13.2%
    Explained by Social Support: 25.9%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 8.3%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 11.0%
    Explained by Generosity: 7.0%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 4.1%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 30.4%

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    #46. Poland

    Happiness Score: 5.973

    Explained by per capita GDP: 21.6%
    Explained by Social Support: 24.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.7%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.7%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.6%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.0%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 30.1%

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    #45. El Salvador

    Happiness Score: 6.003

    Explained by per capita GDP: 15.2%
    Explained by Social Support: 19.7%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 9.9%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.2%
    Explained by Generosity: 1.3%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.5%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 45.2%

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    #44. Ecuador

    Happiness Score: 6.008

    Explained by per capita GDP: 16.7%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.4%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.6%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.5%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.3%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 38.1%

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    #43. Nicaragua

    Happiness Score: 6.071

    Explained by per capita GDP: 12.1%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.8%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.4%
    Explained by Generosity: 5.0%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.2%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 41.4%

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    #42. Malaysia

    Happiness Score: 6.084

    Explained by per capita GDP: 21.2%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.1%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.2%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 6.6%
    Explained by Generosity: 6.9%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.1%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 32.9%

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    #41. Bahrain

    Happiness Score: 6.087

    Explained by per capita GDP: 24.4%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.7%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.7%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.8%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.8%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 4.2%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 27.2%

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    #40. Slovakia

    Happiness Score: 6.098

    Explained by per capita GDP: 21.7%
    Explained by Social Support: 24.7%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.7%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 4.9%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.2%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.4%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 34.4%

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    #39. Kuwait

    Happiness Score: 6.105

    Explained by per capita GDP: 26.7%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.6%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.1%
    Explained by Generosity: 3.7%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 3.5%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 26.9%

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    #38. Trinidad and Tobago

    Happiness Score: 6.168

    Explained by per capita GDP: 22.1%
    Explained by Social Support: 22.4%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 8.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.4%
    Explained by Generosity: 5.3%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.1%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 33.3%

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    #37. Saudi Arabia

    Happiness Score: 6.344

    Explained by per capita GDP: 24.1%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 9.3%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.1%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.3%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 4.3%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 32.6%

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    #36. Colombia

    Happiness Score: 6.357

    Explained by per capita GDP: 16.8%
    Explained by Social Support: 22.1%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 9.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.5%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.3%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.7%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 41.2%

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    #35. Qatar

    Happiness Score: 6.375

    Explained by per capita GDP: 29.3%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.0%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.1%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 9.5%
    Explained by Generosity: 5.2%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 6.9%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 18.0%

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    #34. Spain

    Happiness Score: 6.403

    Explained by per capita GDP: 21.6%
    Explained by Social Support: 23.9%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 13.9%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 6.4%
    Explained by Generosity: 3.0%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.1%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 30.1%

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    #33. Taiwan Province of China

    Happiness Score: 6.422

    Explained by per capita GDP: 22.3%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.6%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 12.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 5.6%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.0%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.0%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 33.1%

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    #32. Thailand

    Happiness Score: 6.424

    Explained by per capita GDP: 17.6%
    Explained by Social Support: 22.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.1%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 9.0%
    Explained by Generosity: 8.9%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.5%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 31.8%

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    #31. France

    Happiness Score: 6.442

    Explained by per capita GDP: 22.2%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.5%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 13.1%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.3%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.0%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.7%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 31.1%

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    #30. Panama

    Happiness Score: 6.452

    Explained by per capita GDP: 19.1%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.9%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.5%
    Explained by Generosity: 3.3%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.1%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 35.8%

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    #29. Guatemala

    Happiness Score: 6.454

    Explained by per capita GDP: 13.5%
    Explained by Social Support: 19.5%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 8.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.2%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.4%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.2%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 44.8%

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    #28. Uruguay

    Happiness Score: 6.454

    Explained by per capita GDP: 18.9%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.9%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.1%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 9.0%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.7%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.8%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 33.7%

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    #27. Malta

    Happiness Score: 6.527

    Explained by per capita GDP: 20.6%
    Explained by Social Support: 22.8%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 12.6%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 9.0%
    Explained by Generosity: 8.8%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.3%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 23.9%

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    #26. Singapore

    Happiness Score: 6.572

    Explained by per capita GDP: 25.7%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.6%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 14.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.4%
    Explained by Generosity: 5.3%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 7.1%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 18.5%

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    #25. Mexico

    Happiness Score: 6.578

    Explained by per capita GDP: 17.5%
    Explained by Social Support: 18.4%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.8%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 6.3%
    Explained by Generosity: 1.8%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.0%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 43.1%

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    #24. Argentina

    Happiness Score: 6.599

    Explained by per capita GDP: 18.0%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.8%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.5%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.5%
    Explained by Generosity: 1.7%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.9%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 39.6%

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    #23. Czech Republic

    Happiness Score: 6.609

    Explained by per capita GDP: 20.5%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.7%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.4%
    Explained by Generosity: 1.3%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 0.6%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 37.1%

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    #22. Brazil

    Happiness Score: 6.635

    Explained by per capita GDP: 16.7%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.6%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 9.3%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 6.6%
    Explained by Generosity: 2.4%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.7%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 41.7%

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    #21. United Arab Emirates

    Happiness Score: 6.648

    Explained by per capita GDP: 24.5%
    Explained by Social Support: 19.0%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.9%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 9.1%
    Explained by Generosity: 5.4%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 4.9%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 26.1%

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    #20. Chile

    Happiness Score: 6.652

    Explained by per capita GDP: 18.8%
    Explained by Social Support: 19.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 12.3%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 5.7%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.9%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.2%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 37.7%

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    #19. United Kingdom

    Happiness Score: 6.714

    Explained by per capita GDP: 21.5%
    Explained by Social Support: 22.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 12.0%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.6%
    Explained by Generosity: 7.3%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 3.9%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 25.4%

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    #18. Luxembourg

    Happiness Score: 6.863

    Explained by per capita GDP: 25.4%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 12.3%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.7%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.1%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 4.6%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 23.6%

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    #17. Belgium

    Happiness Score: 6.891

    Explained by per capita GDP: 21.2%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.9%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.8%
    Explained by Generosity: 3.4%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 3.6%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 30.8%

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    #16. Germany

    Happiness Score: 6.951

    Explained by per capita GDP: 21.4%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.5%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.1%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.8%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 4.0%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 29.0%

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    #15. Ireland

    Happiness Score: 6.977

    Explained by per capita GDP: 22.0%
    Explained by Social Support: 22.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.6%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.2%
    Explained by Generosity: 6.1%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 4.3%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 25.4%

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    #14. United States

    Happiness Score: 6.993

    Explained by per capita GDP: 22.1%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.1%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.2%
    Explained by Generosity: 5.6%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.9%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 31.7%

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    #13. Austria

    Happiness Score: 7.006

    Explained by per capita GDP: 21.2%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.8%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.6%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.1%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.5%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 3.2%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 30.5%

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    #12. Costa Rica

    Happiness Score: 7.079

    Explained by per capita GDP: 15.7%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.0%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.7%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.2%
    Explained by Generosity: 3.0%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.4%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 41.0%

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    #11. Israel

    Happiness Score: 7.213

    Explained by per capita GDP: 19.1%
    Explained by Social Support: 19.1%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.6%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 5.6%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.6%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 1.2%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 38.8%

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    #10. Australia

    Happiness Score: 7.284

    Explained by per capita GDP: 20.4%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.7%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.6%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.3%
    Explained by Generosity: 6.6%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 4.1%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 28.3%

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    #9. Sweden

    Happiness Score: 7.284

    Explained by per capita GDP: 20.5%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.3%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.4%
    Explained by Generosity: 5.3%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 5.3%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 28.8%

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    #8. New Zealand

    Happiness Score: 7.314

    Explained by per capita GDP: 19.2%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.2%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.4%
    Explained by Generosity: 6.8%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 5.2%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 28.0%

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    #7. Canada

    Happiness Score: 7.316

    Explained by per capita GDP: 20.2%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.4%
    Explained by Generosity: 6.0%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 3.9%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 29.9%

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    #6. Netherlands

    Happiness Score: 7.377

    Explained by per capita GDP: 20.4%
    Explained by Social Support: 19.4%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.0%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 7.9%
    Explained by Generosity: 6.4%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 3.8%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 31.1%

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    #5. Finland

    Happiness Score: 7.469

    Explained by per capita GDP: 19.3%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.6%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.8%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.3%
    Explained by Generosity: 3.3%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 5.1%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 32.5%

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    #4. Switzerland

    Happiness Score: 7.494

    Explained by per capita GDP: 20.9%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.2%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.4%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.3%
    Explained by Generosity: 3.9%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 4.9%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 30.4%

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    #3. Iceland

    Happiness Score: 7.504

    Explained by per capita GDP: 19.7%
    Explained by Social Support: 21.5%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 11.1%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.4%
    Explained by Generosity: 6.3%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 2.1%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 31.0%

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    #2. Denmark

    Happiness Score: 7.522

    Explained by per capita GDP: 19.7%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.6%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.5%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.3%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.7%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 5.3%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 30.8%

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    #1. Norway

    Happiness Score: 7.537

    Explained by per capita GDP: 21.4%
    Explained by Social Support: 20.4%
    Explained by Healthy Life Expectancy: 10.6%
    Explained by Freedom to Make Life Choices: 8.4%
    Explained by Generosity: 4.8%
    Explained by Perceptions of Corruption: 4.2%
    Explained by Comparison to Dystopia: 30.2%

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