Belgium in the top 20 of the happiest countries in the world

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According to the 2020 ranking of the "World Happiness Report", whose publication coincides with the world day of happiness established by the UN, Belgium ranks in 20th position, ahead of France which is in 23rd place this year.

As in the previous seven reports, the Nordic countries dominate the ranking. For the 3rd consecutive year, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world. It is ahead of Denmark, 2nd, and Switzerland, 3rd.

Also in the top ten are New Zealand, 8th and Austria, 9th.

The happiest countries are those "where people have a sense of belonging, trust and appreciate each other," said John Helliwell, co-author of the report. "Shared trust reduces the burden of hardship and therefore the inequality of well-being," he adds.

The methodology used consists of asking a sample of people from 156 different countries to answer a series of questions on the perception of their quality of life on a scale of 0 to 10. Measures such as GDP, social assistance, individual freedom or the level of corruption are taken into account.

Finally, note that the coronavirus was not taken into account. Indeed, the 2020 report is based on data collected in 2018 and 2019, and therefore does not take into account the exceptional measures implemented by several countries to stem the pandemic.