Norway is the happiest place on earth, suggest a latest United Nations agency report. It has toppled neighbour Denmark from the number one position.
According to report Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and and Finland round out the top five, while the Central African Republic came last. Western Europe and North America dominated the top of table, with the US and UK at 14th and 19th.
Countries in sub-Saharan Africa and those hit by conflict have predictably low scores. The World Happiness Report was released to coincide with the United Nation’s International Day of Happiness today.
Norway is situated in Northern Europe, the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, with coastlines at the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Sweden, Finland, and Russia and it shares maritime borders with the United Kingdom, Iceland, and Denmark.
Norway’s landscape offers rocky wilderness with mountains and glaciers and its coast is dented by coastal fjords, long, narrow inlets with steep cliffs, some of the fjords reach deep into the interior of the country.
Norway’s mainland covers an area of 323,802 km², making it somewhat smaller than Germany, or slightly larger than the US state of New Mexico.
Just 5.2 million people live in this sparsely populated country, most of Norway’s population is concentrated in the southern portion of the country. Capital and largest city is Oslo, spoken language is Norwegian, a North Germanic language.