Finland named world's happiest country in 2018

Finland named world's happiest country in 2018

For the first time since it was started in 2012, the report, which uses a variety of polling organisations, official figures and research methods, ranked the happiness of foreign-born immigrants in 117 countries.

Rounding out the top 10 happiest countries was Canada in sixth place, then New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.

This year, the annual report also ranked countries according to the happiness and well-being of their immigrants.

A report that will soon be presented to the United Nations claims to rank the happiest-and unhappiest-countries in the world, and if you're looking to make a major move, you might want to keep it handy. 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.

Finland's largest immigrant groups come from other European nations, but there also are communities from Afghanistan, China, Iraq and Somalia.

The 10 happiest countries were also 10 of the top 11 spots in the rankings of immigrant happiness.

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The report was released on Wednesday ahead of the UN's International Day of Happiness and saw the UAE inch up one position from 21st place in 2017. The GHC is a global network of independent thought leaders and academic specialists in happiness and key practitioners in areas ranging from psychology, economics, urban planning, civil society, business and government.

"In Finland, paying some of the highest taxes in the world - for which there is wide public support for - is seen as an investments in quality of life for all".

Dr. Sachs noted that the happiest countries have very different political philosophies from the United States'.

The war-torn Syria is unsurprisingly near the bottom of the list, although there are several other countries that are even less happy, including Rwanda, Yemen and South Sudan. 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". Jeffrey Sachs of New York's Columbia University said "We obviously have a social crisis in the USA: more inequality, less trust, less confidence in government".

The primary reasons for our high levels of wellbeing are the country's GDP, a healthy life expectancy and strong social support available for Kiwis.

In countries with high migrant acceptance indexes - that is, countries where the populace is generally receptive to newcomers - immigrants "are happier than their other circumstances would indicate, and so were the people who were born there", Dr. Helliwell said.

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