In March, the United Nations released its ‘World Happiness Report’ for 2016.

The top countries this year were:

1.    Denmark

2.    Switzerland

3.    Iceland

4.    Norway

5.    Finland

6.    Canada

7.    The Netherlands

8.    New Zealand

9.    Australia

10.  Sweden

11.  Israel

Israel, remarkably, ranked just outside the top ten, coming in at number 11. That means it ranks ‘happier’ than the United Kingdom which came in at number 23. The United States was at 13, France at 32, and Italy at 50. Israel is also the happiest country in the Middle East with the next being the United Arab Emirates, in at number 26.

According to the UN, “the widespread interest in the World Happiness Reports, of which this is the fourth, reflects growing global interest in using happiness and subjective well-being as primary indicators of the quality of human development.”

“Because of this growing interest, many governments, communities and organizations are using happiness data, and the results of subjective well-being research, to enable policies that support better lives.”

They also went on to say that this year, for the first time, they gave a special role to “the measurement and consequences of inequality”, stating that “the inequality of well-being provides a broader measure of inequality” and finds that people “are happier living in societies where there is less inequality of happiness”.

This is positive news for a nation like Israel. While many people try to label Israel as “apartheid”, these lies never hold true. And when the United Nations, one of Israel’s fiercest critics, actually lists Israel as being happy and then goes on to says how happiness measures inequality, they themselves are proving that Israel, while not perfect, is far from apartheid.