Israel is caught in an intractable conflict and situated in a region that is crumbling amidst religious extremist violence. And yet, Israelis are amongst the happiest people on earth, according to the annual World Happiness Report.
This year’s iteration of the global survey had Israel once again ranked as the 11th most happy nation, a position the Jewish state has held for the past three years.
The 10 countries that ranked ahead of Israel were, in order: Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Holland, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.
The most unhappy nations were: Madagascar, Tanzania, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Afghanistan, Togo, Syria and Burundi.
The Unites States ranked at number 13, Germany came in at 15, England took the number 23 spot and France was only the 32nd most happy nation.
By way of regional comparison, Israel’s closest geographical neighbors were ranked numbers 80 (Jordan), 93 (Lebanon) and 120 (Egypt).