Nigeria ranks 91, Finland Comes 1st

Nigeria ranks 91, Finland Comes 1st

The top 10 countries' averages ranged from 7.632 for first-place Finland to 7.272 for 10th-place Australia; the United States' average was 6.886, down from 6.993 past year.

Behind Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland, the top ten of this year's ranking was rounded out by Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.

The annual reportexternal link for the year 2018 was published on Wednesday in the Vatican, by the UN's Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

In the latest report, Finland, which ranked fifth in the previous report, pushed Norway to the second place. The U.N. would go on to declare March 20 as the official date since 2012 with the understanding that happiness is a "fundamental human goal" and that it's an important consideration in the creation of public policy around the world. But in fact, this year's 10 happiest countries are the same top 10 from last year, they've just played musical chairs.

The social happiness list is calculated using measures for factors like levels of caring, freedom to make life decisions, generosity, good governance, honesty, health and income.

For a country once labelled, the home of the happiest people on earth, Nigeria ranked 91st in the World's Happiest Country report for 2018.

Finland took top honours in that category too, giving the country a statistical double-gold status.


Here's the top 10 in full.

The syrian were also least happy as they have been trodden in civil war for the past 7 years.

Meik Wiking, CEO of the Copenhagen-based Happiness Research Institute, said the happiness revealed in the survey stems from healthy amounts of both personal freedoms and social security that outweigh residents having to pay "some of the highest taxes in the world". He added that the finding "shows the conditions that we live under matter greatly to our quality of life, that happiness is not only a matter of choice". The immigrant happiness rankings are based on the full span of Gallup data from 2005 to 2017, sufficient to have 117 countries with more than 100 immigrant respondents.

Wiking from the Happiness Research Institute said the U.S. had also seen declining "trust, generosity and social support, and those are some of the factors that explain why some countries are happier than others".

Finland also had the happiest immigrants, a special focus of this year's report.

Most notably, it found that the happiness of a country's immigrants is nearly identical to that of its population at large - indicating, Dr. Helliwell said in an interview, that "people essentially adjust to the average happiness level of the country they're moving to".

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