Finland declared happiest country six years running

Finland declared happiest country six years running
# 21 March 2023 04:15 (UTC +04:00)

Forget Disney World, Finland has ranked as the happiest place on Earth for the sixth year in a row, according to the UN’s 2023 World Happiness Report, APA reports citing Sputnik.

The report was based on Gallup polling data covering six categories: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, “freedom to make your life choices,” the generosity of the population and the perceived level of corruption in government.

It determines that citizens in Northern Europe are by far the happiest in the world, with Denmark and Iceland filling out the top three. The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Luxembourg are also in the top 10. The only non-European country on the top 10 list is newcomer Israel, which jumped eight places since last year, from 12 to four.

The United States also jumped in its rankings over the past year, rising from 19 to 15 while jumping Germany, the United Kingdom, Costa Rica and the Czech Republic.

The country jumping up the list fastest and most consistently is Lithuania, which reached the top 20 for the first time and has jumped more than 30 spots since 2017.

While Finland and northern Europe continue to dominate the top of the rankings, Afghanistan, plagued by decades of war and a ruined economy, has ranked dead last each of the past three years and was ranked 154th out of 156 counties in 2019.

Curiously, Bhutan, despite the country's role in the creation of the report, has not been ranked since 2019, though it is not clear why. In 2019, it ranked 95th out of 156 countries.

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