Norwegians shrug off slump in oil in­dus­try as hap­pi­est na­tion on Earth

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - FOREIGN NEWS -

Nor­way is the hap­pi­est coun­try on Earth – and it takes more than just money to be cheery, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

Nor­way vaulted to the top slot in the an­nual World Hap­pi­ness Re­port de­spite the plum­met­ing price of oil – a key part of its econ­omy.

Income in the US has gone up over the past decade, but hap­pi­ness is fall­ing and the US slipped to 14th. Ire­land was one place lower in 15th, with the UK 19th, sand­wiched be­tween Lux­em­bourg and Chile.

Money does mat­ter, with most of the coun­tries at the bot­tom of the list des­per­ately poor, and the Cen­tral African Repub­lic placed last at num­ber 155.

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