Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Why Finland Is Consistently the Happiest Country on Earth

Why Finland Is Consistently the Happiest Country on Earth

Factors considered in the index include life expectancy, welfare support, social freedoms and generosity.

Finland was named as the happiest country in the world by the 2019 World Happiness Report.

Finland wants you to spend a memorable summer in its country to learn its methods for happiness and calmness.

Finland topped the list, released on Wednesday, for a second straight year. The following most happy countries were Denmark, Norway, Iceland and The Netherlands.

For the seventh year in a row, the UN's Sustainable Development Solutions Network released a report ranking 156 countries according to measures including income, freedom, trust in government, and social support.

That doesn't mean that citizens of countries ranked high in the report walk around smiling all the time, but rather that they are able to push through in moments of crisis and sadness.

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

The United States meanwhile continued its slide of recent years dropping one spot to 19th place
The United States meanwhile continued its slide of recent years dropping one spot to 19th place

The UK ranked in 15th place, up four places from past year and one place ahead of Ireland, while the USA came in at 19th.

The other bottom five nations were the Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Tanzania and Rwanda.

John Helliwell, a professor at the University of British Columbia and co-editor of the report said "The world is a rapidly changing place".

According to the report, world happiness has fallen in recent years, largely driven by a significant decrease in India.

The World Happiness Report evaluates its data on a scale running from 0 to 10.

'This year's report provides sobering evidence of how addictions are causing considerable unhappiness and depression in the U.S., ' said professor Jeffrey Sachs, one of the report's authors.

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