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Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries

Norway tops global ranking of nations again, aided by massive per capita GDP of $54,000 a year

Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
The latest Legatum Index ranks 110 countries on their overall level of prosperity. UAE ranks 27th based on various parameters including economy, entrepreneurship, governance, education, health, safety, personal freedom and social capital (Getty Images)
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
For the third year, Norway ranked no.1. Norway is among the top 10 economies in the Index and citizens are extremely satisfied with standards of living
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
Denmark is no.2 for the third year. It ranks first in entrepreneurship and opportunity
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
At rank 3 is Australia. Australia has moved up from fifth place in 2009
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
New Zealand stands at No 4. The country's economics performance is sound on most variables, although GDP growth has been poor in recent years
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
At rank 5 is Sweden. Sweden enjoys very good governance overall, in line with popular expectations
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
Rank 6th, is Canada. Canada has solid macroeconomic foundations and the Canadian public is very satisfied with standards of living
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
Finland is one of the world’s freest nations and nine out of 10 Finns are satisfied with their freedom to choose. It is ranked at No 7
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
Switzerland (08) is ranked No 1 in in governance and second in health and economy
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
Netherlands is ranked 9th on the list. The country offers a strong environment for entrepreneurs, including strong access to communication technologies
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
Though its overall rank is 10, it is ranked No 1 in healthcare. High government health expenditure leads to improved health outcomes in the US
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
Ranked 11 is Ireland, which rates high in safety and security
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
Iceland has an exceptional healthcare system contributing to a very high level of public health. It is ranked at No 12 in the overall list
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
The UK’s economy is currently stagnant, and public confidence in financial institutions is low. But the country is ranked at No 13 in the Index due to its relatively equal society and highly competitive entrepreneurial environment
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
More than nine out of 10 Austrians are satisfied with their ability to choose the course of their lives, placing the country ninth globally in this category. Overall Austria ranks at No 14
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
Germany (overall rank 15) is strong, fostering high standards of living and a satisfied population, according to the report
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
At rank 16 is Singapore. The country ranks at No 1 in economic parameters. Its fundamentals are strong and nine out of 10 Singaporeans are satisfied with their standard of living
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
Belgium’s (rank 17) economy exhibits firm foundations for future growth but the current economic environment is less certain
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
In healthcare and personal freedom, France stands high on those lists. Overall, it is ranked No 18
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
Hong Kong (overall rank 19) has strong macroeconomic policies and a very good foundation for growth
Survey ranks UAE among world's happiest countries
Despite it's rank 20, the public in Taiwan are not optimistic about the economic outlook for the future