Because we're happy(ish)

Latvians may not be renowned for their beaming smiles and enthusiastic handshakes, but nevertheless manage to muster a slightly-better-than-average ranking of 68th out of 156 countries in the World Happiness Report 2016 produced ahead of the worryingly North Korean-sounding UN World Happiness Day on February 20.

Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway maintain their places as the world's happiest countries according to the report which tries to show happiness provides a better indicator of human welfare than do income, poverty, education, health and good government measured separately.

On the other hand Burundi is the most miserable place to exist managing to outdo even Syria.

Latvia's 68th position puts it one place ahead of Cyprus - the former tax haven which has undergone a financial crisis and is perpetually divided in a frozen conflict between Greece and Turkey - and Libya, the North African state currently wracked by a protracted civil war and refugee emergency.

The good news is that while Latvia ranks below Turkmenistan (65th place), for once we beat Estonia (72nd) in a ranking table!

Those well-known party animals, the Lithuanians manage a creditable 60th spot.

Let's face it, this ranking system sounds completely goofy.

You can read the whole report HERE if you are keen to waste a few hours of your precious life on this fickle world. We hope it makes you happy.

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