Finland world’s happiest country, says report

Finland is the world’s happiest country and Burundi in Africa is the unhappiest, the 2018 World Happiness Report covering 156 countries says. Other countries in the top ten are Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia. Besides Burundi, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Tanzania and Yemen are at the bottom of the list. The report rates happiness levels based on factors such as life expectancy, social support, freedom, corruption, trust and generosity. For the first time, the report ranked the happiness of foreign-born immigrants in 117 countries. Here too, Finland topped the list followed by the other nine happiest countries. Nordic countries have been topping the list ever since the Copenhagen-based Happiness Research Institute published the first report in 2012. In 2016, Denmark topped the list while Norway emerged the winner in 2017. In the 2018 list, of the top 52 countries, 23 are from Europe, 16 from Americas and 13 from Asia.The US ranking has dropped to 18 because of factors such as obesity,  substance abuse, and untreated depression.