Croatia 82nd Happiest Country in the World! (Behind Almost All Neighbours)

Phillip Cunningham
March 15, 2018

The researchers then analysed the perceived happiness levels in each country alongside data on six categories - GDP per capita, social support, healthy life, expectancy, social freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption - to look for potential reasons why people in certain areas may be happier than others.

For the first time, the report also ranked 117 countries by the happiness and well-being of their foreign-born immigrants.

Israel has retained its spot as the 11th-happiest country in the world for the fifth year running, according to this year's United Nations annual World Happiness Report.

The US dropped four spots from 2017 to rank 18th happiest country this year.

"A noteworthy finding is that Russia-born people in Israel evaluate their lives much more positively after migration but simultaneously experience adverse outcomes in terms of affect", the report explained.

The majority of its immigrants come from other European nations but it also has expats from Afghanistan, China, Iraq and Somalia. Finland is at the top of both rankings in this report, with the happiest immigrants, and the happiest population in general.

New Zealand has been named in the top ten happiest countries in the world.

"There is a new top ranking country, Finland, but the top ten positions are held by the same countries as in the last two years, although with some swapping of places".

In addition to its joyful locals, Finland is also home to the happiest immigrants, the study found.

The unhappiest countries were Burundi, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Tanzania and Yemen. He said a society's happiness seems contagious. Nordic countries are heralded for their progressive policies, free healthcare and education, which are believed to contribute to a higher quality of life.

The report, based on surveys completed by citizen volunteers, comes just under a week before World Happiness Day on March 20, when the United Nations declared to recognize "the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives".

One chapter of the 170-page report is dedicated to emerging health problems such as obesity, depression and the opioid crisis, particularly in the United States where the prevalence of all three has grown faster than in most other countries.

The SDSN Head, Jeffrey Sachs of New York's Columbia University, told Reuters that the USA faces a social crisis as there is "more inequality, less trust, less confidence in government".

Latin America is renowned for corruption, high violence and crime rates, unequal distribution of income and widespread poverty, yet has consistently scored relatively highly in the happiness report.

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