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Jamaicans among world’s happiest – UN

Jamaica ranks 40 out of 156 nations in the first United Nations-commissioned World Happiness Report, edited by renowned economists Jeffrey Sachs, John Helliwell and Richard Layard, and released recently.

The findings, released in April, indicate the island was most negatively affected by corruption and lacklustre growth. However, when those measures are discounted, Jamaica ranks among the world’s happiest people.

Denmark, Finland, Norway, Netherlands and Canada scored the highest on the index, and Togo the lowest.

Jamaica aside, the happiest countries in the region were found to be Costa Rica, Venezuela, Panama, Mexico and Brazil. The report found that Hispaniola, the Dominica Republic and Haiti, respectively, were the least happy regionally.