Norway the happiest country on earth, but where does New Zealand rank?

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A global happiness report has made Norway's foreign minister, well, happy.

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 file photo Norwegian fans wait for the beginning of the women's semifinal handball match between Norway and Russia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A global happiness report has made the Norwegian foreign minister, well, happy. Reacting to the news Monday that Norway tops the world happiness rankings, edging out Denmark which was No.1 in the previous report. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Norway sports fans (file picture).

Source: Associated Press

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 five million.

Reacting to the news, 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."

Happy International Happiness Day! According to a recent report, Kiwis are the eighth happiest people on the planet.
Source: Seven Sharp

New Zealand is once again ranked eighth and remains a slightly happier place than Australia with our trans-Tasman neighbours ranked ninth.

In the report on 155 countries, Denmark fell to second, followed by Iceland, Switzerland and Finland.

The US is ranked 14th, dropping down one spot from last year.

Top 10 happiest countries 

Norway

Denmark

Iceland

Switzerland

Finland

Netherlands

Canada

New Zealand

Australia 

Sweden

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