For those of you who do not speak Finnish, a clue to the meaning of the words above might be found in the following questions.
What happens on 20th March 2018?
Answer – UN has declared it to be World Happiness Day
What do Norway and Burundi have in common?
Answer – they both dropped in the UN World Happiness Report. Burundi dropped to bottom place while Norway dropped out of the top slot to be replaced by Finland – hence the Finnish comment “I am so happy”.
The Report ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and, this year, it also looked at 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants, with Finland coming top in both rankings.
The top and bottom 10 are recorded below. A sample in each country are asked to score their happiness on a scale of 10 (most happy) to 1 (least happy) with Finland scoring 7.6 and Burundi 2.9. In order to identify the reasoning behind the score, the report also looks at economic strength (measured in GDP per capita), social support, life expectancy, freedom of choice, generosity, and perceived corruption. The biggest loser was Venezuela, dropping 2.2 on the scale, which is little surprise considering the state of their economy. This year the study also looked at the happiness of migrants,
It is worth a warning note about the numbers – the difference between the top 6 countries is only 0.191 on the 1 – 10 scale.
|The world’s happiest – and least happy – countries 2018 World Happiness Report|
|1. Finland||147. Malawi|
|2. Norway||148. Haiti|
|3. Denmark||149. Liberia|
|4. Iceland||150. Syria|
|5. Switzerland||151. Rwanda|
|6. Netherlands||152. Yemen|
|7. Canada||153. Tanzania|
|8. New Zealand||154. South Sudan|
|9. Sweden||155. Central African Republic|
|10. Australia||156. Burundi|