Norway is the happiest of them all, or so says the Legatum Institute.
And what is the Legatum Institute? More about that later.
Norway ranks first in happiness because it has a per capita gross national product of $54,000 a year; because Norwegians have the second-highest level of satisfaction with their standards of living; 95 percent of them believe they have the freedom to choose the direction of their lives and an unparalleled 74 percent say that other people can be trusted. (Think about that last attribute for a moment.)