Finland tops the list of the happiest countries in the world
Finland ranked first in the list of the happiest countries in the world. Russia is in 59th place between Northern Cyprus and Kazakhstan
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The United Nations Division for Sustainable Development Solutions has published the annual World Happiness Report 2018 (* pdf), according to which Finland was the happiest country.
The authors of the study took into consideration six factors: per capita GDP, life expectancy, generosity, social support, and freedom and corruption in terms of influence on making important life decisions. Each of these indicators is estimated on a 10-point scale and the average score for the country is derived.
Thus, Finland averaged 7.63 points, in second place Norway (7.59), followed by Denmark (5.55), Iceland (7.49) and Switzerland (7.44). The United States ranked 18th (6.88). Russia is in 59th place (5.81), lost against Northern Cyprus (5.83), but has overtaken Kazakhstan (5.79). At the same time, compared to 2017, Russia lost 10 positions and then ranked 49th with an index of 5.96.
At the same time, Venezuela lost 2.2 points and dropped from 82 points (5.25) to 102 (4.8). The authors of the study note that this country has shown the greatest decline compared to other states.