Once again a Scandinavian country has been named the happiest country in the world.
The 2019 World Happiness Report was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 20th – also known as the ‘International Day of Happiness.’
The report focuses on six criteria to compile its rankings: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support, and generosity.
“The top 10 countries tend to rank high in all six variables, as well as emotional measures of well-being,” CNN report co-editor John Helliwell, a professor emeritus of economics at the University of British Columbia as saying.
The report also found that happiness is not contingent upon the DNA of Finnish natives as immigrants living in Finland were also deemed to be the happiest immigrants in the world.
“It’s true that last year all Finns were happier than the rest of the countries’ residents, but their immigrants were also happiest immigrants in the world,” Helliwell said. “It’s not about Finnish DNA. It’s the way life is lived in those countries.”
The top ten happiest countries in the world according to the 2019 World Happiness Report are:
8. New Zealand
Meanwhile, the United States dropped one place from last year, down to number 19 with the country dropping a total of five places since 2017. According to report co-author Jeffrey Sachs, addiction is partly to blame.
“This year’s report provides sobering evidence of how addictions are causing considerable unhappiness and depression in the US,” Sachs said in a statement. “Addictions come in many forms, from substance abuse to gambling to digital media. The compulsive pursuit of substance abuse and addictive behaviors is causing severe unhappiness. Government, business and communities should use these indicators to set new policies aimed at overcoming these sources of unhappiness.”