Finland remains the happiest country in the world, Slovakia has improved in the ranking

At the opposite end of the ranking, Afghanistan and Lebanon were once again placed.

NEW YORK. For the sixth year in a row, Finland was declared the country with the happiest population.

This is according to the World Happiness Report 2023, published by a non-profit organization associated with the UN.

The report assesses the happiness of the residents of individual countries based on how they perceive the factors affecting their lives. Criteria are, for example, life expectancy, gross domestic product per inhabitant, social support, corruption, attitudes in communities or freedom in life decisions.

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At the top of the current “happiness ranking” are three Northern European countries – Denmark and Iceland are behind Finland.

The top ten are completed by Israel, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg and New Zealand.

Slovakia is in 29th place, which is an improvement of six places. From the neighboring countries, we were overtaken by Austria and the Czech Republic, which defended the 11th and 18th places. Poland finished 48th, Hungary 51st and Ukraine 92nd.

At the opposite, least happy end of the ranking, Afghanistan and Lebanon were once again placed.

The authors of this year’s report highlighted that the global rating of happiness over the past three years has remained at the “remarkably” same level, despite the covid pandemic, the DPA agency reported.

Another reason for optimism is that people rate the friendliness of others, especially when helping strangers, a quarter better than before the pandemic.

“Even during these difficult years, positive feelings were twice as prevalent as negative. Feelings of positive social support were twice as strong as feelings of loneliness,” co-author John Helliwell told the station. CNN.

He publishes the report on happiness in the world The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), established in 2012 by the United Nations.

It is based on annual Gallup public opinion polls in individual countries.

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