The global perception of happiness has not changed despite crises. This is the result of the World Happiness Report, published on Monday. According to the report, Finland has the happiest population for the sixth time in a row, while Austria is eleventh.
This result was achieved last year. “Average happiness and our country ranking have remained remarkably stable over the three Covid 19 years,” said researcher John Helliwell, who worked on the report. Behind the northern EU country of Finland, Denmark and Iceland take the other top spots by some distance. The ten happiest countries include Israel, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg and New Zealand. Israel improved from ninth to fourth place.
Afghanistan and Lebanon are most unhappy.
On the other hand, Afghanistan and Lebanon are the most unhappy among the 137 countries studied. The researchers calculated the ranking based on data from the past three years and referred to surveys conducted by the Gallup Institute. Social support, income, health, freedom, generosity and the absence of corruption are considered for the perception of happiness.
According to the report, people are happier in countries where happiness and well-being are distributed as evenly as possible. Ukraine (92nd) and Russia (70th) are slightly higher in the new World Happiness Report than a year ago. “Despite the extent of suffering and damage in Ukraine, life ratings remained higher in September 2022 than after the 2014 annexation,” the researchers wrote. This is said to be due to factors such as a stronger sense of belonging and trust in the leadership led by President Volodymyr Selenskyj. They said that belief in governments had grown in both countries in the previous year.
The World Happiness Report has been published annually since 2012 by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the United Nations.
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