Finland is world’s happiest country – U.N. report

Despite its sometimes harsh climate and dark winters, Finland is the world's happiest country according to an annual survey issued by a United Nations-affiliated group.

Easy access to nature, safety, childcare system, free healthcare and good schools ranked high when Finns were asked what they thought about their country.

The 2018 World Happiness Report, prepared by the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), ranks 156 countries according to variables that support well-being, including GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.

In addition, the Finnish school is also regularly scoring high in the OECD’s triennial survey which tests 15-year-olds around the world on their math, science and reading abilities.

Finland, which was in fifth place last year, ousted Norway for the top spot. The top 10 continue to be dominated by the Nordics with Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden next to Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. The report put Burundi at the bottom of the happiness index

For the first time since it was started in 2012, the report, which uses a variety of polling organizations, official figures and research methods, ranked the happiness of foreign-born immigrants in 117 countries. Finland took top honors in that category too, giving the country a statistical double-gold status.

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