The 2018 World Happiness Report lists out the US decline as it is facing the crisis of substance abuse, depression, and obesity in the happiest countries list. This study reveals the US position to 18th place – skipped five places from 2016. However, the Nordic nations have claimed the top four places – Finland ranking first followed by Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.
East Africa’s Burundi ranked in the unhappy places in the world. Moreover, the nations – Rwanda, Yemen, Tanzania, South Sudan and the Central African Republic reported happiness levels lower than that of Syria.
It’s the first time from the UN to examine the immigrant’s happiness levels in each country finding Finland has the highest score. “Finland has vaulted from fifth place to the top of the rankings this year,” said the report’s authors. All the Nordic countries have the major score on healthy life expectancy, trust, social support, income, generosity, and freedom.
The complete rankings in 2018 happiest countries considered based on the well being and generosity, corruption, and freedom. The placing of the UN is Finland’s latest accolade. The country’s population counts to 5.5 million people. The country, in fact, ranked as the safest, most stable, and world’s best-governed country.
“That Finland is the top scorer is remarkable,” said Meik Wiking of the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark. “GDP per capita in Finland is lower than its neighboring Nordic countries and is much lower than that of the US. The Finns are good at converting wealth into well-being.
“In the Nordic countries in general, we pay some of the highest taxes in the world. But there is wide public support because people see them as investments in quality of life for all. Free healthcare and university education go a long way when it comes to happiness. In the Nordic countries, Bernie Sanders is not viewed as progressive – he is just common sense,” added Wiking.
The UN report also defines why the US slipped down the places though it has the highest per capita income. “America’s subjective well-being is being systematically undermined by three interrelated epidemic diseases, notably obesity, substance abuse (especially opioid addiction) and depression,” said Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University in New York.
Togo, an African country up by 18 places according to 2018 report. Bulgarians and Latvians further reported higher happiness levels. Moreover, Venezuela has recorded lower levels of happiness and ranked in the mid-levels.
Top 10 2018 Happiest Countries in the World
- New Zealand
2018 Unhappiest Cities
- The Central African Republic
- South Sudan