Nigeria ranks 91 on list of happy countries

15 March, 2018, 05:35 | Author: Lorraine Moran
  • The happiest place on Earth is Finland

The Swiss result, like the others in the top 10, was largely influenced by healthy satisfaction levels regarding social support networks, life expectancy, life freedom, and (especially, in the Swiss case) GDP per capita.

Latin America is renowned for corruption, high violence and crime rates, unequal distribution of income and widespread poverty, yet has consistently scored relatively highly in the happiness report.

Every year in support of the UN's International Day of Happiness, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network presents us with a meticulously researched compendium called the World Happiness Report.

The UK and USA were nowhere near the top ten - the UK finished 19th, one place above the United Arab Emirates, while it seems America's actually getting less happy, dropping four places from 14th to 18th.

The U.S.' decline in the rankings could be attributed to a number of factors, the report said, listing the obesity epidemic, substance abuse challenges and untreated depression.

The Nordic nation headed up the 156-country ranking, followed by last year's victor Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland.

Finland's largest immigrant groups come from other European nations, but there also are communities from Afghanistan, China, Iraq and Somalia.

Taiwan has a population of roughly 23.67 million, according to Worldometers website, and a total of 715,938 foreigners up until the start of 2018, according to National Immigration Agency statistics.

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John Helliwell, an economist at the University of British Columbia and one of the report's co-editors, said there were many similarities between countries in the top ten.

"The closeness of the two rankings shows that the happiness of immigrants depends predominantly on the quality of life where they now live", the report's executive summary said.

"Many migrants will surely experience considerable happiness gains, particularly those who meet basic subsistence needs by migrating, as basic needs such as economic security and safety are vital conditions for happiness", it read.

The survey also reflected that Americans were getting less happy even as their country became richer.

"Briefly put, (Nordic countries) are good at converting wealth into well-being", Wiking said.

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

The overall rankings of country happiness are based on Gallup World Poll surveys from 2015-2017.

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


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