Canada Ranked #7 Happiest Country In The World

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Burundi came bottom in the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network's (SDSN) 2018 World Happiness Report which ranked 156 countries according to things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.

One of the world's northernmost countries stretching some 1,160 km (720 miles) from north to south, the sun does not set for 73 consecutive days during summer at Finland's northernmost point.

Norway, last year's victor, slipped to the number two slot.

Yes, the Nordic country has topped the polls this year and beat out some tough competition from last year's victor Norway and high-ranking Denmark.

But in fact, this year's 10 happiest countries are the same top 10 from last year, they've just played musical chairs. This could indicate the turbulent Trump presidency has had an impact on the nation's happiness overall.

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Latin America is renowned for corruption, high violence and crime rates, unequal distribution of income and widespread poverty, yet has consistently scored relatively highly in the happiness report.

"A noteworthy finding is that Russia-born people in Israel evaluate their lives much more positively after migration but simultaneously experience adverse outcomes in terms of affect", the report explained. Among the top 10 countries included were Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.

The Nordic countries have dominated the index since it first was produced in 2012. The GHC is a global network of independent thought leaders and academic specialists in happiness and key practitioners in areas ranging from psychology, economics, urban planning, civil society, business and government. Its largest immigrant groups come from other European countries. "Despite paying some of the highest taxes in the world, "(Nordic countries) are good at converting wealth into well-being".

The UAE is the Arab world's happiest country, according to an annual survey released on Wednesday.

The United States landed in 18th place, dropping four spots from a year ago.

The report also analyzes areas that pose a risky threat to quality of life, focusing specifically on three health problems within its penultimate chapters: obesity, the opioid crisis and depression, all problems that are especially acute within the US, which tumbled four spots to the 18th place on 2018's list.

Although happiness and other squishy subjective experiences such as love are notoriously hard to measure - still, every year The Global Happiness Council sets out to objectively study and quantity happiness levels of various countries around the world. But the United Nations ranking places the UK in a lowly 19th place, the same as a year ago but behind Germany, Canada and Australia, although ahead of France and Spain.

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