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Happiest countries

<p>1: Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world according to the World Database of Happiness. Costa Rica boasts an 8.5 out of 10 on the happiness scale. 



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1: Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world according to the World Database of Happiness. Costa Rica boasts an 8.5 out of 10 on the happiness scale. REUTERS/File

1: Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world according to the World Database of Happiness. Costa Rica boasts an 8.5 out of 10 on the happiness scale. REUTERS/File

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<p>2: Denmark is second with an 8.3.



REUTERS/Keld Navntoft/Scanpix </p>

2: Denmark is second with an 8.3. REUTERS/Keld Navntoft/Scanpix

2: Denmark is second with an 8.3. REUTERS/Keld Navntoft/Scanpix

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<p>3: Iceland is third at 8.2. 



REUTERS/Ints Kalnins </p>

3: Iceland is third at 8.2. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

3: Iceland is third at 8.2. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

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<p>4: Switzerland scores an even 8. 


REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann </p>

4: Switzerland scores an even 8. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

4: Switzerland scores an even 8. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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<p>5: So does Canada. 



REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

5: So does Canada. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

5: So does Canada. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>6: Norway is sixth at 7.9. 



REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov </p>

6: Norway is sixth at 7.9. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

6: Norway is sixth at 7.9. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>7: Mexico is seventh. 



REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

7: Mexico is seventh. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

7: Mexico is seventh. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>8: Finland.  


REUTERS/Ints Kalnins </p>

8: Finland. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

8: Finland. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

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<p>9: Sweden.


REUTERS/Bob Strong</p>

9: Sweden. REUTERS/Bob Strong

9: Sweden. REUTERS/Bob Strong

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<p>10: Panama.



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10: Panama. REUTERS/File

10: Panama. REUTERS/File

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<p>11: Luxembourg.



REUTERS/Francois Lenoir </p>

11: Luxembourg. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

11: Luxembourg. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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<p>12: Colombia.



REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga </p>

12: Colombia. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

12: Colombia. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

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<p>13: Austria. 



REUTERS/Hans Klaus Techt/Pool </p>

13: Austria. REUTERS/Hans Klaus Techt/Pool

13: Austria. REUTERS/Hans Klaus Techt/Pool

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<p>14: Australia. 



REUTERS/Tim Wimborne </p>

14: Australia. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

14: Australia. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>15: Netherlands.



REUTERS/Robin van Lonkhuijsen/United Photos </p>

15: Netherlands. REUTERS/Robin van Lonkhuijsen/United Photos

15: Netherlands. REUTERS/Robin van Lonkhuijsen/United Photos

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<p>16: Ireland. 



REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton </p>

16: Ireland. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

16: Ireland. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

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<p>17: Dominican Republic. 



REUTERS/ Eduardo Munoz </p>

17: Dominican Republic. REUTERS/ Eduardo Munoz

17: Dominican Republic. REUTERS/ Eduardo Munoz

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<p>18: New Zealand. 



REUTERS/Tony Gentile </p>

18: New Zealand. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

18: New Zealand. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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<p>19: Brazil. 



REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

19: Brazil. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

19: Brazil. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>20: The United States scored a 7.4 out of 10. 



REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi </p>

20: The United States scored a 7.4 out of 10. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

20: The United States scored a 7.4 out of 10. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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