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Happiness report: Finland is world's 'happiest country' - UN

 

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 country has topped the UN’s happiness rankings. 

Finland has overtaken Norway to become the happiest nation on earth, according to a UN report.

The 2018 World Happiness Report also charts the steady decline of the US as the world’s largest economy grapples with a crisis of obesity, substance abuse and depression.

The study reveals the US has slipped to 18th place, five places down on 2016. The top four places are taken by Nordic nations, with Finland followed by Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

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Burundi in east Africa, scarred by bouts of ethnic cleansing, civil wars and coup attempts, is the unhappiest place in the world. Strikingly, there are five other nations – Rwanda, Yemen, Tanzania, South Sudan and the Central African Republic – which report happiness levels below that of even Syria.

For the first time the UN also examined the happiness levels of immigrants in each country, and found Finland also scored highest.

“Finland has vaulted from fifth place to the top of the rankings this year,” said the report’s authors, although they noted that the other three Nordic countries (plus Switzerland) have almost interchangeable scores.

The report, an annual publication from the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, said all the Nordic countries scored highly on income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity. The rankings are based on Gallup polls of self-reported wellbeing, as well as perceptions of corruption, generosity and freedom. The UN placing is the latest accolade for Finland, a country of 5.5 million people that only 150 years ago suffered Europe’s last naturally caused famine. The country has been ranked the most stable, the safest and best governed country in the world. It is also among the least corrupt and the most socially progressive. Its police are the world’s most trusted and its banks the soundest.

“That Finland is the top scorer is remarkable,” said Meik Wiking of the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark. “GDP per capita in Finland is lower than its neighbouring Nordic countries and is much lower than that of the US. The Finns are good at converting wealth into wellbeing. 

“In the Nordic countries in general, we pay some of the highest taxes in the world, but there is wide public support for that because people see them as investments in quality of life for all. Free healthcare and university education goes a long way when it comes to happiness. In the Nordic countries, Bernie Sanders is not viewed as progressive – he is just common sense,” added Wiking, referring to the leftwing US politician who galvanised the Democrat primaries in the 2016 presidential election. In Britain, figures from the Office for National Statisticssuggest people have become happier in recent years. But the UN ranking places the UK in a lowly 19th place, the same as last year but behind Germany, Canada and Australia, although ahead of France and Spain.

The UN report devotes a special chapter to why the US, once towards the top of happiness table, has slipped down the league despite having among the highest income per capita.

“America’s subjective wellbeing is being systematically undermined by three interrelated epidemic diseases, notably obesity, substance abuse (especially opioid addiction) and depression,” said Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University in New York, and one of the report’s authors.

 

Despite African countries getting the worst happiness scores, one west African nation has bucked the trend. Togo came bottom in 2015 but was the biggest improver in the 2018 report, rising 18 places. Latvians and Bulgarians are also reporting higher levels of happiness. 

Venezuela recorded the biggest fall in happiness, outstripping even Syria, although in absolute terms it remains a mid-ranking country. The report notes that Latin American countries generally scored more highly than their GDP per capita suggests, especially in contrast to fast-growing east Asian countries.

Latin America is renowned for corruption, high violence and crime rates, unequal distribution of income and widespread poverty, yet has consistently scored relatively highly in the happiness report. The authors attributed this to “the abundance of family warmth and other supportive social relationships frequently sidelined in favour of an emphasis on income measures in the development discourse”.

Meanwhile, the greatest human migration in history – the hundreds of millions of people who have moved from the Chinese countryside into cities – has not advanced happiness at all, the report found.

“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 UN report.

With a population of around 5.5 million people, Finland counted some 300,000 foreigners in 2016, reports say.

"The most striking finding of the report is the remarkable consistency between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born," said John Helliwell, co-editor of the report and a professor at the University of British Columbia.Can we all be as happy as Scandinavians?Can I learn to be happy?The report relies on asking a simple, subjective question of more than 1,000 people in more than 150 countries."Imagine a ladder, with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top."The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time?"The average result is the country's score - ranging from Finland's 7.6 to Burundi's 2.9.But the report also uses statistics to explain why one country is happier than another.It looks at factors including economic strength (measured in GDP per capita), social support, life expectancy, freedom of choice, generosity, and perceived corruption.

 

Top 10 happiest countries, 2018

1. Finland (5)

2. Norway (1)

3. Denmark (2)

4. Iceland (3)

5. Switzerland (4)

6. Netherlands (6)

7. Canada (7)

8. New Zealand (8)

9. Sweden (10)

10. Australia (9)

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/14/finland-happiest-country-world-un-report

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Andrew Warhola

It'd be interesting to compare the numbers before and after the MR music video was released

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TimisaMonster

Wow...northern Europe is where it's at...the rest of the world...Asia, Africa, Americas...sad

 

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21 minutes ago, Andrew Warhola said:

It'd be interesting to compare the numbers before and after the MR music video was released

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It would've better back then, wouldn't it

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Amazing how the most prosperous and happy counties are the least annoying when it comes to global politics 

The US could never 

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Andrew Warhola
9 minutes ago, Irrelevant said:

It would've better back then, wouldn't it

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I wouldn't go that far.

The video may not be the best but it's also not good.

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Blond

Thanks to failed integration of refugees and illegal/legal immigrants Sweden keeps getting lower and lower on the list :saladga:

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7 minutes ago, Blond said:

Thanks to failed integration of refugees and illegal/legal immigrants Sweden keeps getting lower and lower on the list :saladga:

this is the question for me, why sweden lets them in and why sweden accepts them ?

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24 minutes ago, Blond said:

Thanks to failed integration of refugees and illegal/legal immigrants Sweden keeps getting lower and lower on the list :saladga:

Sweden was 10 last year. How are they getting lower? :oprah: 

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ALGAYDO
10 hours ago, Musicer said:

this is the question for me, why sweden lets them in and why sweden accepts them ?

Because they’re refugees from a war-torn countries where kids are literally bombed, so Sweden decided to have morals and a heart by helping those in need. 

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13 hours ago, TimisaMonster said:

Wow...northern Europe is where it's at...the rest of the world...Asia, Africa, Americas...sad

 

Canada & Australia are the only non-European Countries on the list :rip:

 

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Fun fact: Finland doesn't force it's kindergarten aged children to learn literacy and mathematics at agen4/5. Their school consists of playing and socializing bc they know that at that age, children learn the best through exploration and discovery, not shoving material down their throats and standardized testing them before they are ready for that ****.

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