Canada Was Ranked 15th Happiest Country In The World & It's Our Lowest Ranking Ever

Canada had a "substantial fall" in its ranking.

Assistant Editor, MTL Blog
Person holding a Canada flag.

Person holding a Canada flag.

Despite Canada being ranked the number one country in the world in 2021 by U.S News, it seems we've taken a hit when it comes to our happiness in 2022. According to the World Happiness Report, Canada took a "substantial" fall from our previous placement, sparking a lot of questions as to what happened to Canada's happiness.

The World Happiness Report is published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and ranks the happiest countries using a survey in more than 150 nations.

The World Happiness Report 2022.The World Happiness Report 2022.World Happiness Report

Well, turns out Canadians aren't doing so hot. Canada ranked 15th on the list, which is not only a major fall but is the "lowest ranking ever" for the True North.

Canada found itself in fifth place when the World Happiness Report first began a decade ago, and while a lot can change in 10 years, we didn't expect Canadians' happiness to take such a fall.

In 2021, Canada ranked 14th, which was a pretty decent drop from 11th place in 2020 and ninth in 2019.

Finland managed to secure the top spot for the fifth year in a row this year. The Nordic nation is followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Sweden, Norway, Israel and New Zealand complete the top 10 — one that Canada was once a part of.

Despite Canada's ranking dipping lower on the list, we are still higher than the United States, according to the 2022 report.

The U.S. ranked 16th happiest country in the world, only one spot behind Canada, with the U.K., Czechia and Belgium following.

While we didn't score too well this year, here's to hoping our ranking doesn't follow the downward trend it's on and that Canada places higher next time around.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Mike Chaar
Assistant Editor, MTL Blog
Mike Chaar is an Assistant Editor for MTL Blog focused on recalls in Canada and is based in Montreal, Quebec.
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