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Norway Now The Happiest Country In The World

03/20/2017 at 7:57 | Posted by John Shaffer
LONGYEARBYEN, NORWAY - JUNE 21:  Mountains are reflected in a still section of water on the morning of Midsummer on June 21, 2008 in Longyearbyen, Norway. Longyearbyen is the seat of Norwegian local administration in Svalbard, 620 miles south of the North Pole. It was founded in 1906 by the American John Munroe Longyear who started coal mining here, something that has been an important part of the history ever since. Three important mines currently work on Svalbard. Longyearbyen was only opened for general tourism in 1990 and is a haven for eco-tourists who come to see the abundant polar bears, seals and whales. Svalbard consists of a group of islands ranging from 74' to 81' North, and 10' to 35' East, thus making it the northernmost part of Norway. It boasts the world's northernmost Church, Museum and higher education facilities.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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A global happiness report has made Norway’s foreign minister, well, happy. Norway jumped to top spot in the World Happiness Report despite the plummeting price of oil_ a key part of its economy _ but researchers said it’s the “human things” that matter, such as a feeling of community which is strong in the Scandinavian country of 5 million. Reacting to the news Monday, Foreign Minister Borge Brende tweeted: “A good start on a Monday mrn: Norway the world’s happiest country in a new report that calls on nations to build social trust and equality.” In the report on 155 countries, Denmark fell to second, followed by Iceland, Switzerland and Finland.