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Finland tops 2018 UN global happiness index

Finland tops 2018 UN global happiness index

Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland rounded out the top five in the ranking, which rates happiness levels based on factors such as life expectancy, social support, freedom and corruption.

Finland's win bumped last year's victor Norway to second place with the next top countries, Denmark and Iceland also being part of Scandinavia along with the top two.

"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.

For the first time in its history, the report also took into consideration the happiness levels of a country's immigrant population. "Despite paying some of the highest taxes in the world, "(Nordic countries) are good at converting wealth into well-being".

In the 2018 list, the top 10 countries shifted spots compared with the 2017 report, but none dropped out of the top 10 list (which means there were no new entries this year).

We cover the report every year, because, happiness. also because the report is intended as a tool to help create positive public policy, including policy directed at helping the planet. It's how you use it that counts - and looks like Finland are doing that pretty well.

Last year, Finland placed fifth in the ranking.

A very high proportion of the worldwide differences in immigrant happiness (as shown in Chapter 2), and of the happiness gains for individual migrants (as studied in Chapters 3 and 5) are thus explained by local happiness and source country happiness.

Germany came in at number 15, ahead of the United States (18th) and the United Kingdom (19th).

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.

The report states that countries "with a more balanced set of social and institutional support for better lives" ranked higher on the immigrant happiness list, showing that the richest countries don't necessarily have the happiest migrants. So income, life expectancy, freedom, social support, trust and generosity were also analyzed.

"The closeness of the two rankings shows that the happiness of immigrants depends predominantly on the quality of life where they now live", the report's executive summary said.

"They say, 'Yeah, but that's the old timers, they are already fixed, their lives are okay, but that's the old people, what about the young people?" I know that's what drives me and animates me: How to ensure that the Jewish state has a permanent future of security and prosperity... and peace if we can get it.

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