Singapore among world's top 25 happiest countries; Switzerland tops list

SINGAPORE - Singapore has been ranked the 24th happiest country in the world for 2012-2014, according to the World Happiness Report 2015.

Switzerland came in tops, followed by Iceland and Denmark.

Singapore joins New Zealand (9th) and Australia (10th) in the top 25 spots of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Solutions Network report.

Other Asian countries and territories that made it to the top 50 are Thailand (34th), Taiwan (38th), Japan (46th) and South Korea (47th).

The objective of the report is to be a "proper measure of social progress and a goal of public policy".

The ranking is made up of factors such as gross domestic product per capita, social support, life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption and generosity.

The full report can be seen here.

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