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U.S. drops to 18th place on list of happiest countries Finland is No. 1 U.S. drops to 18th place on list of happiest countries Finland is No. 1
Lisa Bryan | 17 March, 2018, 01:56

Finland was declared the happiest country in the world this year, rising from fifth place in the 2017 report to knock Norway into second.

Thailand mustered 6.424 on last year's happiness index, a score that fell to 6.072 this year.

The World Happiness Report 2018, released by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranks 156 countries of the world based on six factors of well-being including gross domestic product (GDP), life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom and corruption.

The top ten includes Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia. The 10 overall happiest countries were also listed in the top 11 for the happiness of their immigrants. This year, in the sixth World Happiness Report, more than 150 countries were included in the study.

"Although immigrants come from countries with very different levels of happiness, their reported life evaluations converge towards those of other residents in their new countries", said Helliwell.


The United States slipped in the rankings.

The United States happiness ranking landed in 18th place, dropping four spots from past year.

Nordic countries usually appear in the top five places but those that are hit with war as well as places in sub-Saharan Africa regularly appear at the bottom.

"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", the report states. Strikingly, the authors of the report found that immigrant happiness scores were nearly identical to the scores of the population at large. In an interview with Patrick Collinson of the Guardian, Sachs explained that "America's subjective wellbeing is being systematically undermined by three interrelated epidemic diseases, notably obesity, substance abuse (especially opioid addiction) and depression".

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