Canada remains 7th in World Happiness Report rankings

Finland has come out on top of an international index that ranks nations by how happy they are as places to live

The United States, 14th a year ago, is now 18th, while the United Kingdom is in 19th, the same spot it occupied in 2017. Most notably, it found that the happiness of a country's immigrants is nearly identical to that of its population at large - indicating, Helliwell said, that "people essentially adjust to the average happiness level of the country they're moving to".

The World Happiness Report published on Wednesday ranked 156 countries by their happiness levels, based on factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption.

Other world powers on the list include Germany (at No. 15), Britain (19), Japan (54), Russian Federation (59) and China (86).

Fans of skiing, saunas and Santa Claus will not be surprised to hear Finland is the happiest place to live. "The trends are not good, and the comparative position of the US relative to other high-income countries is nothing short of alarming".

While US income per capita has increased markedly over the last half century, happiness has been hit by weakened social support networks, a perceived rise in corruption in government and business and declining confidence in public institutions.

"We obviously have a social crisis in the U".

The document was released by the United Nations on 14 March "at a launch event at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican".

"It's pretty stark right now. The U.S. happiness ranking is falling, in part because of the ongoing epidemics of obesity, substance abuse, and untreated depression".

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For the first time since it was started in 2012, the report, which uses a variety of polling organisations, official figures and research methods, ranked the happiness of foreign-born immigrants in 117 countries.

Finland took top honours in that category too, giving the country a statistical double-gold status.

Burundi and Central African Republic, both consumed by political violence, are the least happy countries for the second year in a row.

"The most striking finding of the report is the remarkable consistency between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born", Helliwell said.

Canada remains the seventh happiest country in the world, according to a new report co-edited by CIFAR Distinguished Fellow John Helliwell.

According to the World Happiness Report 2018, produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), people in Finland were the most content, over taking its neighbor Norway as the happiest place to live.

The main focus of this year's report, in addition to its usual happiness factors, include migration within and among countries.



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