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By Sheetal Sukhija | Thursday March 15, 2018
World Happiness Report: Finland happiest, Burundi unhappiest
HELSINKI, Finland - In the annual UN report, that gauges the happiness levels in countries across the world - Finland managed to overtake Norway, to become the happiest nation on earth. The UN report found Nordic nations taking four top places in the happiness rankings. Finland, a country of 5.5 million people that only 150 years ago suffered Europe’s last naturally caused famine topped the rankings, and was followed by Norway, Denmark and Iceland took the lead on the ranking this year. Finland was ranked the most stable, the safest and best-governed country in the world.  It is also among the least corrupt and the most socially progressive and its police are the world’s most trusted and its banks the soundest. Meik Wiking of the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark said, “That Finland is the top scorer is remarkable. GDP per capita in Finland is lower than its neighboring Nordic countries and is much lower than that of the U.S. The Finns are good at converting wealth into wellbeing.” Wiking added, “In the Nordic countries in general, we pay some of the highest taxes in the world, but there is wide public support for that because people see them as investments in quality of life for all. Free healthcare and university education goes a long way when it comes to happiness. In the Nordic countries, Bernie Sanders is not viewed as progressive – he is just common sense,” referring to the leftwing U.S. politician who galvanized the Democrat primaries in the 2016 presidential election. The 2018 World Happiness Report also charted the steady decline of the U.S., which slipped to the 18th place - five places down on 2016. The world’s largest economy is believed to be grappling with...Read more