These are the happiest countries in the world
Are you looking for happiness? Consider moving to Finland.
The country is the happiest in the world, a United Nations analysis published Wednesday found. The annual publication of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network examined six key variables identified to support well-being: income, life expectancy, social support, freedom, confidence and generosity. Finland overtook Norway, which ranked No.1 in 2017, but the report found that many Nordic countries have high standards of living, including Iceland and Denmark, as well as Norway and Finland. .
“Among the main countries, the differences are small enough that year-to-year changes in the ranking are to be expected,” the report said.
In addition, Finnish happiness levels are attainable for foreigners as well. By moving there, you will get the same effects, according to the study. In fact, the 10 happiest countries in the ranking also occupy the top 10 for immigrant happiness. Finland ranks first in the world for the happiest immigrants, as well as the happiest population in general.
“Perhaps the most striking conclusion of the whole report is that the ranking of countries according to the happiness of their immigrant populations is almost exactly the same as for the rest of the population,” the report states.
Here are the happiest countries in the world, according to the report:
8. New Zealand
Meanwhile, the United States slipped five places from 2016 to 18th place. Much of this is due to three growing global crises: obesity, the opioid crisis and depression. All three are growing at a faster rate in the United States than in many other countries. Depression costs the United States an average of $ 5,524 per active person each year, or 0.5% of total GDP. The country has fallen in several different happiness rankings over the past decade: in 2007, it ranked No. 3 among the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. He now resides in 19th place.
“The predominant political discourse in the United States is aimed at increasing economic growth, with the aim of restoring the American dream and the happiness that is supposed to accompany it,” economist Jeffrey Sachs wrote in the report. “But the data conclusively shows that this is not the right approach.”
In fact, the American dream – the idea that anyone can own their own home and do better than the previous generation with the right amount of hard work – is more achievable in Canada, the UK or Denmark than it is. in the USA, a separate report of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis found. It comes as wages stagnate in the United States and the middle class continues to struggle. People’s faith in the American Dream has weakened, with 69% saying the obstacles to its realization are “more serious than ever” today.
What if you don’t want to move abroad? The happiest state in the United States is Idaho, according to a study carried out in 2017 by Zippia.