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World Happiness Report: Finland tops for 5th straight year


Finland flag: file photo /Reuters

The United Nations’ World Happiness Report has found Finland to be the happiest country in the world, for the fifth straight year.


It ranks 150 countries (146 in 2022) on factors such as personal sense of well-being, levels of GDP, life expectancy etc. The list, which is in its 10th year, assigns a score on a scale of 0-10, based on an average of data over a 3-year-period.


In the latest rankings, of the countries which occupied the top 10 spots in 2021, only Austria dropped out; among the remaining nine, countries have moved up and down. From the other end, Afghanistan was ranked as the unhappiest nation, followed by Lebanon and Zimbabwe, respectively.

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