The happiest countries on earth in 2018 have been revealed

The happiest countries on earth in 2018 have been revealed

The happiest countries on earth in 2018 have been revealed

Scandinavian countries once again dominated the top of the ranking, with Finland vaulting from fifth place in 2017 to the world's happiest country in 2018.

Ukraine has fallen from the past year 132nd position to the 138th.

People in Burundi are unhappiest with their lives, according to the survey of 156 countries, followed by Central African Republic (155), South Sudan (154), Tanzania (153) and Yemen (152).

In reaching No. 1, Finland pushed Norway into second place.

The World Happiness Report is produced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and it draws on data from on Gallup International surveys conducted between 2015 to 2017.

The following countries make it into the top ten happiest in the world.


The countries on the report were ranked on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and, generosity. Rounding out the Top 10 are Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.

"The most striking finding of the report is the remarkable consistency between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born", said Helliwell in a news release.

The United States was in 18th place, down from 14th past year. Strikingly, the authors of the report found that immigrant happiness scores were nearly identical to the scores of the population at large. Instead, it falls out of the top 10 to 11th place. According to experts, the United States is in a hard and worsening the public health crisis, obesity epidemic, opioid dependence and depressive disorder.

As a result, the report, for the first time since its inception in 2012, also ranked the happiness of foreign-born migrants.

"The countries with the happiest immigrants are not the richest countries, but instead the countries with a more balanced set of social and institutional supports for better lives", the report states.

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