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Finland hailed as world’s happiest nation for fifth year in a row

By Agence France-Presse

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  • The happiness score considers a country’s GDP, social support, personal freedom, and levels of corruption.
  • Afghanistan was the unhappiest country on the list, which was completed prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

HELSINKI — Finland has been named the world’s happiest country for the fifth year in a row, according to an annual UN-sponsored index that once again ranked Afghanistan as the unhappiest, closely followed by Lebanon.

A street shot of a busy street in Helsinki, Finland. Photo: EPA-EFE

Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania experienced the greatest increases in happiness. Lebanon, Venezuela, and Afghanistan saw the greatest drops in the World Happiness Index, which was released on Friday.

Lebanon, which is in the midst of an economic meltdown, has dropped to second from last on the index of 146 countries, just below Zimbabwe.

War-traumatised Afghanistan, already bottom of the table, has seen its humanitarian crisis deepen since the Taliban took power again last August.

UN agency UNICEF estimates one million children under five could die of hunger this winter if not aided.

“This (index) presents a stark reminder of the material and immaterial damage that war does to its many victims,” co-author Jan-Emmanuel De Neve said.

The World Happiness Report, now in its tenth year, is based on people’s self-assessments of happiness, as well as economic and social data.

Based on a three-year average of data, it assigns a happiness score ranging from 0 to 10. This most recent edition was completed prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Northern Europeans dominated the top spots once again, with the Danes coming in second behind the Finns, followed by the Icelandic, Swiss, and Dutch.

The United States climbed three places to 16th, one place ahead of the United Kingdom, while France climbed to 20th, its highest ranking to date.

The happiness score considers GDP, social support, personal freedom, and levels of corruption, in addition to a personal sense of well-being based on Gallup polls in each country.

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