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Ranked fourth in each of the last two years and second in 2013, Norway has leaped to the top of the social happiness list.

That, at least, is the conclusion of the economist Jeffrey Sachs, who authored America's section in this year's World Happiness Report-the UN-backed annual report that uses actual legitimate social science to rank the world's nations by how happy their citizens are. In the list covering 2014-16, Norway moved into the top spot as the happiest country in the world, followed by Denmark and Iceland.

As you might expect, war-torn nations and economically challenged sub-Saharan African countries scored lowest, with the bottom scoring countries being the Central African Republic, Burundi, Tanzania, Syria, Rwanda, Togo, Guinea, Liberia, South Sudan, and Yemen. The US dropped one spot to 14.

The happiness rankings are based on six factors: GDP per capita, healthy years of life expectancy, social support (as measured by having someone to count on in times of trouble), trust (as measured by a perceived absence of corruption in government and business), perceived freedom to make life decisions, and generosity (as measured by recent donations).

They said it's a better measure of human welfare than analyzing education, good government, health, income and poverty separately. "It's time to build social trust and healthy lives, not guns or walls".

"As demonstrated by many countries, this report gives evidence that happiness is a result of creating strong social foundations. Let's hold our leaders to this fact", Sachs said.

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The U.S.'s happiness has slipped over the past year, however, the report suggests.

Forget buying that new auto, opt for a scarf and gloves and head to Norway if you want to achieve true happiness, a new report suggests. If the welfare of the "common man" is taken as a criterion of success, the picture is much less favorable and more like that of European transition countries.

"The research reveals that happiness differs considerably across employment status, job type, and industry sectors".

Unemployment, or the quality of the work they have, is a major factor in people's happiness.

Happiness in the United States appears to be declining. "By choosing to produce its oil slowly, and investing the proceeds for the future rather than spending them in the present (through its sovereign wealth fund known as the Oil Fund), Norway has insulated itself from the boom-and-bust cycle of many other resource-rich economies".

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