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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 25th October 2018

The World's 10 Happiest Nations

The 2018 World Happiness Report has evaluated 117 countries according to the happiness levels of their immigrants.

The 2018 World Happiness Report ranks 156 countries based on their ‘happiness levels’ scored across six factors – including gross domestic product (GDP); life expectancy; generosity; social support; freedom and corruption – was released back in March and for the first time this year, the annual listing, published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

So which made this year’s cut? Here we count down the top 10 most cheerful nations

10 Australia – down one place from last year’s rankings.

9 Sweden – one spot up to ninth place this year.

8 New Zealand – stayed firm at number eight.

7 Canada – remained at seventh place in this year’s World Happiness Report.

6 Netherlands – down from the high of fourth place it achieved in 2013’s report.

5 Switzerland – number one in 2015, fallen to fifth (dropping from fourth last year).

4 Iceland – dropping one place to fourth this year.

3 Denmark – the number one happiest nation of 2016 fell to second in 2017 and another place in this year’s ranking.

2 Norway – last year’s happiest country loses its crown to….

1 Finland – usurping its Scandinavian neighbour Norway, last year’s winner, and climbing four spots from fifth last year.


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