Deriving from the World Happiness Index 2018, it is clear that life is nice in the Nordic ice and the only two non-European country that has managed to secure its position in top 10 most joyful countries is Canada and Australia.
Norway may have dominated in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, but it just got knocked out from the top position in the World Happiness Index for this year, and is replaced by the Nordic smile has replaced the Norwegians. So as per the World Happiness Index 2018 published on Wednesday, Finns are the happiest people on earth among 156 countries. The happiness level of people of countries are calculated using a statistical model based on factors like life expectancy, government’s social support and corruption rates. This year’s happiness index showed Finland leaping from its fifth-place finish in last year’s report to first.
The positions in top 10 happiest countries have shuffled a bit compared to previous year, but all ten positions are held by the same countries as in the last two years. That means a very European leader board, and specifically a very Nordic one – with just Switzerland (5), Canada (7), New Zealand (8) and Australia (10) hail from somewhere other than Europe’s northern reaches. So the No 1 this year is Finland, followed by neighbouring Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia – to round off all ten top happiest nations. Europe, as usual, offers the happiest lives to its residents.
To spot the over-hyped US in happiness list, we will require to skim a bit lower as it has been dropped by four positions to reach 18th – followed by UK and UAE. About India, it appears that citizens are getting unhappier compared to last year as it fell by 11 positions and is now ranked as low as 133 on the list of 156 countries monitored by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network – not much joy here. Surprisingly enough, neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal, and Sri Lanka are all ahead of India – even Pakistan is way ahead ranked at 75. But the most striking finding of the report is the remarkable consistency between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born.