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Finland tops 2018 UN global happiness index Finland Named 'Happiest Country' In World - Here's Why Nordic Nations Are Consistently Ranked Most Cheerful
Sammy Stanley | 15 March, 2018, 04:49

New Zealand has been named in the top ten happiest countries in the world.

While these countries have far fewer immigrants than others like the U.S., John Helliwell, a co-editor of the World Happiness Report, said that people who immigrate to happier countries are often happier as well, overall.

But in its latest report, which ranked 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants, Nigeria moved four places up, bringing it to the 91st position. The top four places are taken by Nordic nations, with Finland followed by Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

The country pipped last year's victor Norway to came top of the World Happiness Report, which ranked 156 countries on their happiness levels considering factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption. He said a society's happiness seems contagious.

Although happiness and other squishy subjective experiences such as love are notoriously hard to measure - still, every year The Global Happiness Council sets out to objectively study and quantity happiness levels of various countries around the world.

The explanation becomes even more complete when account is taken of worldwide differences in a new Gallup index of migrant acceptance, based on local attitudes towards immigrants, as detailed in an Annex to the Report. 156 countries were ranked in the report, based on factors such as citizens' freedom, gross domestic product, expenditure on health and lack of corruption.

The Nordic countries have dominated the index since it first was produced in 2012.

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That's the kind that can make it hard to understand speech. "Vaping should be made a more convenient, as well as a safer option". Healthcare professionals working in the region will be encouraged to support smokers who choose to quit by vaping.

"Briefly put, (Nordic countries) are good at converting wealth into well-being", Wiking said, according to the Daily Mail.

He said the findings on the happiness of immigrants, "shows the conditions that we live under matter greatly to our quality of life, that happiness is not only a matter of choice". But the United Nations ranking places the UK in a lowly 19th place, the same as a year ago but behind Germany, Canada and Australia, although ahead of France and Spain.

While US income per capita has increased markedly over the last half century, happiness has been hit by weakened social support networks, a perceived rise in corruption in government and business and declining confidence in public institutions.

The U.S.' decline in the rankings could be attributed to a number of factors, the report said, listing the obesity epidemic, substance abuse challenges and untreated depression.

The survey also found Americans were getting less happy even as their country became richer.

"Even seven-and-a-half years after migrating to urban areas, migrants from rural areas are on average less happy than they might have been had they stayed at home", according to John Knight of the Oxford Chinese Economy Programme at the University of Oxford and one of the contributors to the United Nations report.

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