Finland detains the title of world's happiest country for 2018
- Author: Santos West Mar 16, 2018,
Mar 16, 2018, 0:41
The World Happiness Report 2018, published a few days ahead of the World Happiness Day, celebrated on 20 March, ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity. Yes, India is reportedly less happy than Pakistan (75th place, after climbing five spots since last year), China (86th), Bhutan (97th), Nepal (101st), Bangladesh (115th) and Sri Lanka (116th). It wasn't a surprise given America's chaotic situation and being governed by a maverick in Donald Trump.
The annual World Happiness Report, that ranks 156 countries' happiness has crowned Finland number one, with the United Kingdom languishing in 19th place - again.
The survey, released every year by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, asks people to evaluate the quality of their lives on a scale of 0 to 10 and are based on Gallup World Poll surveys from 2015-2017.
John Helliwell, a University of British Columbia economist a co-editor of the report, was surprised to see how there seems to be a correlation between the happiness of a country's citizens and that of its immigrants. New this year, researchers also looked at the well-being of immigrant populations living in 117 countries and found that the top 10 list mirrors the results of the overall list of world's happiest countries.
Every year, the United Nations ranks 150 countries in terms of their population's self-reported wellbeing, as well as perceptions of corruption, generosity and freedom.
He said although immigrants move from countries with varying levels of happiness, in their new homes their happiness levels become similar to those born locally. So, yes, we have the flawless circumstances to have a happy life here in Finland " said Sofia Holm, a 24-year-old resident of Helsinki, the Nordic country's capital, to the Associated Press.
Finland has emerged as the happiest nation in the world in the sixth World Happiness Report.
And surprisingly you have to look very far on the list before a Southeast Asian country shows itself.
During an interview with Fox News' Mark Levin last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on Israel's success in the happiness ranking as a country - just days prior to the 2018 report.
The Finns are good at converting wealth into wellbeing.
Inari Lepisto, 28, also of Helsinki, added: "It's a great thing to live in the happiest country although it's snowing and we are walking in this wet snow". One chapter of the 170-page report is dedicated to emerging health problems such as obesity, depression and the opioid crisis, particularly in the U.