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The 10 Happiest Countries In The World Revealed, Finland Takes The Top Spot
Sorry Disneyland, but Finland is officially the happiest place on earth.
For the fourth year in a row, the Northern European nation has topped the United Nations annual World Happiness Report. Overall, the Nordic countries seem to have figured out the subjective concept of happiness as they all make yet another appearance in the top ten.
According to the report, the ten happiest countries are Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, New Zealand, and Austria. The United States, which experienced racial turmoil in 2020, came in at number 19.
The report has been published since 2012 by the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The criteria used when polling residents in each UN member state include social support, personal and civil freedoms, life expectancy, income per capita, and levels of corruption among other metrics.
Unlike previous years, the ranking took into consideration the ongoing coronavirus pandemic’s toll on emotional well-being, government response to the pandemic, and how trust in government impacts happiness levels.
This metric moved the meter significantly for Croatia, where workers were able to continue working with minimal interruption throughout the pandemic as opposed to several countries where employees were either laid off or furloughed. Croatia jumped from 79th on the list in 2020 to 23rd in 2021. Countries in East and South Asia— where Covid-19 measures were swift, strict, and effective— also rose in the rankings.
On the other end of the spectrum, the unhappiest countries were Afghanistan, followed by Lesotho, Botswana, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe.