Published: Thu, March 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Malta ranks 22nd happiest country in World Happiness Report

Malta ranks 22nd happiest country in World Happiness Report

(Web Desk) For a second year running Finland is the world s happiest country according to an annual survey issued on Wednesday (March 20) by a United Nations-affiliated group.

"It's true that past year all Finns were happier than rest of the countries' residents, but their immigrants were also happiest immigrants in the world", John Helliwell, co-editor of the report and a professor of economics at the University of British Columbia, told CNN.

New Zealand, which ranked eighth this year (bested only by the Nordic countries, Switzerland and the Netherlands), is one such resilient country.

The report ranked 156 countries on their level of happiness, taking into account factors such as life expectancy, social support and political corruption.

They pay high taxes for a social safety net, they trust their government, they live in freedom and they are generous with each other.

The ranking saw the US drop one place, to 19th, while people in South Sudan were the least happy. In other areas, the U.S. ranks fairly low, including 62nd place in freedom and 42nd in absence of corruption. "The compulsive pursuit of substance abuse and addictive behaviors is causing severe unhappiness".

It came 15th while Ireland came in 16th place.

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Meanwhile, India's South Asian neighbours ranked higher with Pakistan pegged at 67, Bhutan at 95, Bangladesh at 125 and Sri Lanka at 130.

The world's least happy country is South Sudan, followed by Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Yemen, Malawi, Syria, Botswana and Haiti. Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past 10 years in the 108th-placed Venezuela, now in political crisis.

"As for emotions, there has been a widespread recent upward trend in negative affect, comprising worry, sadness and anger, especially marked in Asia and Africa, and more recently elsewhere".

Finland is once again the world's happiness nation.

This report is the seventh to come out since 2012.

This marks a substantial decline for the country, with the report finding that there has been a steep drop in overall life satisfaction and happiness over the last decade.

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