Russia jumped up seven places and is now the 49th happiest country in the world, according to the World Happiness Report, which is prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Norway, Denmark and Iceland took the top three places in the rating.
The rating has been compiled annually since 2012. Experts analyse the quality of living in 155 countries, taking into account such factors as GDP, social welfare, life expectancy and attitudes towards corruption.
According to a survey conducted by the All-Russian Centre for the Study of Public Opinion, or VTsIOM, in November 2016, 81% of Russian citizens consider themselves happy while only 15% said they were unhappy.