The world's happiest countries REVEALED: Finland comes top while South Sudan is the bleakest

Mail Online | 3/20/2019 | Connor Boyd For Mailonline
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Finland has been crowned the happiest country in the world for the second year in a row, leading a top ten that is made up of five Nordic nations.

The World Happiness Report, released today, ranked 156 countries by happiness levels, based on factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption.

Countries - Finland - Norway - Denmark - Sweden

But while the Scandinavian countries of Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland topped the table, there was no sign of Britain in the top ten.

The UK placed 15th, up from 19th last year, one above Ireland and four above the US - which came in at its lowest ranking ever at 19th.

Britain - Likes - Israel - Austria - Costa

But Britain still trailed behind the likes of Israel, Austria, Costa Rica, Australia, Luxembourg, Canada and New Zealand.

The North African nation of South Sudan was at the bottom of the happiness index which found America was getting less happy each year even as the country became richer - falling from 14th place in two years.

Year - UN - Development - Solutions - Network

It is the second year the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network evaluated 117 countries by the happiness and well-being of their immigrants as part of the annual report.

Europe's Nordic nations, none particularly diverse, have dominated the index since it first was produced in 2012.

Finland - Spot - Score - Ten - Denmark

Finland took the top spot with a score of 7.769 out of ten, beating second-placed Denmark which scored 7.6.

Filling out the top five was Norway in third, with 7.554 and Iceland fourth, scoring 7.494, narrowly ranking above fifth-placed Netherlands with 7.488.

Table - South - Sudan - Score - Ten

Propping up the table was South Sudan, with a score of just 2.853. The bottom ten also included Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Yemen, Malawi, Syria, Botswana, Haiti and Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile Russia was 68th - down from 59th - France 24th and China 93rd.

Finland - Foreigners - Residents - Roots

Relatively homogenous Finland has about 300,000 foreigners and residents with foreign roots, out of...
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