HOW STUFF WORKS
QUIZZES

FOLLOW US
The Happiest Countries Quiz
by Staff
Life in some countries is happier than life in others, a fact that is documented by science. How much do you know about happiest countries around the world?

People in how many countries were surveyed for the 2016 Happiness Report?

  • 212
  • 156
  • 97

According to the Happiness Report, there are at least how many important criteria for being happy?

  • seven
  • 12
  • 23

What year was the Happiness Report first published?

  • 1998
  • 2006
  • 2012

Survey respondents are asked to rate their lives by imagining what?

  • scales of justice
  • a ladder
  • fluffy puppies

Which country was listed as the happiest country in 2016's survey?

  • United States
  • Finland
  • Denmark

In the four times the report has been published, how many times has Denmark topped the list?

  • once
  • twice
  • thrice

In 2016, where did the U.S. rank on the Happiness Report?

  • No. 1
  • No. 13
  • No. 33

In the happiest countries, what are people more likely to do?

  • earn lots of money
  • help each other
  • buy things for each other

What was the United States' Happiness score in 2016?

  • 8.113
  • 6.802
  • 7.104

Where did China rank on the 2016 Happiness Report?

  • No. 86
  • No. 8
  • No. 112

The 2016 reports claims that human beings are wired to embrace notions of happiness tied to WHAT?

  • The common good
  • The immediate family
  • A tribe

What is one thing all of the top 10 countries have in common?

  • They are all in Europe.
  • They are all Western countries.
  • They are all Middle Eastern countries.

How many points separate the happiest countries from the unhappiest countries?

  • 6
  • 5
  • 4

Which country was listed as the least happy in 2016?

  • Burundi
  • Togo
  • Syria

The writers of the Happiness Report say that the end goal of public policy should be what?

  • justice
  • peace
  • happiness

What is the average life expectancy for people worldwide?

  • 71
  • 65
  • 62

What factor did researchers really focus on for the 2016 version of the report?

  • war
  • happiness inequality
  • injustice

What is the typical sample size from a single country during the polling process?

  • 5,000 people
  • 3,000 people
  • 1,000 people

In the report, to what do "residuals" refer?

  • The intangible benefits of a tighter social circle
  • Unexplained variables
  • Extra money that makes people happier

Which country is noted as the most competitive in the world, according to the World Economic Forum?

  • Germany
  • United States
  • Switzerland

What is the life expectancy of people in Togo?

  • 49
  • 58
  • 62

With regards to the Happiness Report, what is Dystopia?

  • a made-up country with the world's unhappiest people
  • a label used to describe citizens' self-worth
  • Antarctica

In 2016, what was Dystopia's average life rating?

  • 4.6
  • 2.3
  • 0

What is the Gross Domestic Product per capita in Burundi?

  • $770
  • $1,230
  • $2,934

What is the GDP per capita in Denmark, the happiest country on Earth?

  • Nearly $50,000
  • Nearly $45,000
  • Nearly $62,000

Where did Iceland rank on the 2016 report?

  • fifth place
  • third place
  • second place

What was New Zealand's 2016 Happiness score?

  • 7.334
  • 8.142
  • 7.991

Which continent dominated the bottom of the Happiness Report's rankings?

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • South America

Which country is called the most peaceful in the world by the Global Peace Index?

  • Iceland
  • United States
  • Canada

What is the average life expectancy in Denmark?

  • 75
  • 78
  • 80