March 20, 2017

Finns are some of the world’s happiest people

On a roll! Finland moved up one position from last year’s ranking.
On a roll! Finland moved up one position from last year’s ranking.
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This year’s World Happiness Report has been released, with Finland coming in fifth place.

In celebration of the International Day of Happiness, a total of 155 countries have been ranked in order of their perceived happiness levels. Finland was placed fifth overall, moving up one position from last year.

Each country’s ranking was ascertained via six factors: GDP per capita, healthy years of life expectancy, social support (as measured by having someone to count on in times of trouble), trust (as measured by a perceived absence of corruption in government and business), perceived freedom to make life decisions, and generosity (as measured by recent donations).

The top 10 contains the same countries as last year, with some shuffling of positions. Norway was ranked first, followed closely by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland.

At the other end of the scale, Central African Republic was deemed to be the unhappiest nation in the world.

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