The 'Happiest Countries in the World' are...

The World Values Survey recently completed their study of the world's happiest countries. The results are:

1. Denmark
2. Puerto Rico
3. Columbia
4. Iceland
5. Northern Ireland
6. Ireland
7. Switzerland
8. Netherlands
9. Canada
10. Austria
11. El Salvador
12. Malta
13. Luxemburg
14. Sweden
15. New Zealand
16. United States of America
17. Guatemala
18. Mexico
19. Norway
20. Belgium
21. Britain
22. Australia
23. Venezuela
24. Trinidad
25. Finland
26. Saudia Arabia
27. Thailand
28. Cyprus
29. Nigeria
30. Brazil
31. Singapore
32. Argentina
33. Andorra
34. Malaysia
35. West Germany
36. Vietnam
37. France
38. Philippines
39. Uruguay
40. Indonesia
41. Chile
42. Dominican Republic
43. Japan
44. Spain
45. Italy
46. Portugal
47. Taiwan
48. East Germany
49. Slovenia
50. Ghana
51. Poland
52. Czech Republic
53. China
54. Mali
55. Kyrgyzstan
56. Jordan
57. Greece
58. South Africa
59. Turkey
60. Peru
61. South Korea
62. Hong Kong
63. Iran
64. Bangladesh
65. Bosnia
66. Croatia
67. Morocco
68. India
69. Uganda
70. Zambia
71. Algeria
72. Burkina Faso
73. Egypt
74. Slovakia
75. Hungary
76. Montengro
77. Tanzania
78. Azerbaijan
79. Macedonia
80. Rwanda
81. Pakistan
82. Ethiopia
83. Estonia
84. Serbian Bosnia
85. Lithuania
86. Latvia
87. Romania
88. Russia
89. Georgia
90. Bulgaria
91. Iraq
92. Albania
93. Ukraine
94. Belarus
95. Moldova
96. Armenia
97. Zimbabwe

Denmark, with its democracy, social equality and peaceful atmosphere, is the happiest country in the world, researchers said on Monday.

Zimbabwe, torn by political and social strife, is the least happy, while the world's richest nation, the United States, ranks 16th.

Overall, the world is getting happier, according to the U.S. government-funded World Values Survey, done regularly by a global network of social scientists.

It found increased happiness from 1981 to 2007 in 45 of 52 countries analyzed.

"I strongly suspect that there is a strong correlation between peace and happiness," said Ronald Inglehart, a political scientist at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, who directed the study.

And, said Ingelhart, there is a strong correlation between happiness and democracy.

"Denmark is the happiest country in the world in our ratings," Inglehart said in an audio statement released by the National Science Foundation, which paid for the analysis.

"Denmark is prosperous -- not the richest country in the world but it is prosperous."

Puerto Rico and Colombia also rank highly, along with Northern Ireland, Iceland, Switzerland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada and Sweden.