Finland is the world’s happiest country in the world for the fourth year running

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Despite all the horror of the covid-19, Finland bagged the top spot for being the world’s happiest country for the fourth year running, according to an annual report sponsored by the United Nations.

“Finland holds the rank of the happiest country in the world for the fourth consecutive year according to the World @HappinessRpt,” tweeted the Finnish Government on Friday.

“Finland ranks very high on the measures of mutual trust.”

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The annual happiness rankings are based on citizens’ evaluations of their own lives. The study uses data from the Gallup World Poll, which asks respondents to assess their life as a whole by imagining a ladder, with the best possible life for them as 10 and the worst possible as 0.

Top spots were dominated by European countries. Denmark was in second place followed by Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands.

New Zealand, falling one place to ninth, was again the only non-European nation in the top ten.

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Other climbers included Germany, up from 17th to 13th, and France, rising two to 21st.

The United States moved up from 18th to 14th place and the United Kingdom dropped from 13th to 18th, Australia held its 12th place position.

African nations Lesotho, Botswana, Rwanda and Zimbabwe came at the bottom of the table, but ahead of Afghanistan which was classed as the world’s unhappiest nation this year.

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The annual, independent survey is organised by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Rankings were reached via several surveys but chiefly used data from the Gallup World Poll.

About 1,000 respondents in each country were asked to, for example, rate the quality of their lives on a scale of zero to 10.

Other questions included how many times respondents laughed or felt joy and satisfaction the previous day. Conversely, the survey also took into account negative emotions such as asking how often respondents had felt worry, sadness or anger the previous day.

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