Top 10 Happiest Nations

Finland tops World Happiness Report for 2nd year, while US slips
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2019 10:52 AM CDT
Top 10 Happiest Nations
For happiness, Finland is the place to be.   (AP Photo/David Goldman, file)

America has fallen in the UN's World Happiness Report, released annually since 2012. The US sits in 19th place, down one spot from 2018 and five spots from 2017, reports US News & World Report. Ryan Cooper at the Week argues there's much to learn from Finland, which is again top in the survey that ranks 156 countries on six measures linked to well-being: income, freedom, trust, life expectancy, social support, and generosity. "It's not about Finnish DNA. It's the way life is lived," co-author John Helliwell tells CNN, noting that "Finns were happier than rest of the countries' residents, but their immigrants were also [the] happiest immigrants in the world." Several other Nordic countries made the top 10, as well as a US neighbor. The top 10:

  1. Finland
  2. Denmark
  3. Norway
  4. Iceland
  5. Netherlands
  6. Switzerland
  7. Sweden
  8. New Zealand
  9. Canada
  10. Austria
Check out the full rankings. (See the happiest US cities here.)

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