U.S. 15th in World Happiness report; Scandinavian countries dominate top 10

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Finland once again tops the World Happiness Report which was released on Monday. It measures social support, income, health, freedom, generosity and the absence of corruption to determine a country’s national happiness.

Finland is topping the list for a sixth year in a row, followed by Denmark, Iceland, Israel, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg and New Zealand.

The United States came in 15th, between Ireland and Germany.

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According to the report, most populations around the world continue to be remarkably resilient despite several crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, global energy crisis, high inflation and the war in Ukraine. 

Russia came in at No. 70 while Ukraine is at No. 92.

Lithuania is the only new country in the top 20 but war-torn Afghanistan and Lebanon remain the two unhappiest countries in the survey.

The first World Happiness Report from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which is a United Nations global initiative, was published in 2012.


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