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For the second year in a row, Finland has topped the global happiness ranking. It beat Nordic peers Denmark, Norway, and Iceland in a ranking of 156 countries by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

However, the ranking saw the U.S. drop one place, to 19th, while people in South Sudan was the least happy. India is at 140th place in this list.

These results are based on an average of three years of surveys taken by Gallup between 2016 and 2018. They include factors such as gross domestic product, social support from friends and family, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, perceived corruption, and recent emotions, both happy and sad.

The report published on Wednesday read, Finland has witnessed modest but steady gains since 2014, and the country is now “significantly ahead” of other countries in the top 10, the researchers said.

Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network said that this data “offer the world’s governments and individuals the opportunity to rethink public policies as well as individual life choices, to raise happiness and well-being,”

“We are in an era of rising tensions and negative emotions and these findings point to underlying challenges that need to be addressed.” He also said.

World’s happiest countries

Finland
Denmark
Norway
Iceland
Netherlands
Switzerland
Sweden
New Zealand
Canada
Australia

World’s least happy countries

South Sudan
The central African Republic
Afghanistan
Tanzania
Rwanda
Yemen
Malawi
Syria
Botswana
Haiti

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