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🌎 Happiness Ranking: Finland Leads for 7th Year in a Row While US Declines

Amidst the commotion of global affairs, there's a unique metric that assesses the collective mood of nations: the World Happiness Report. Once again, Finland reigns supreme as the pinnacle of contentment, but sentiments are shifting within other nations. In this year's findings, both the USA and the UK find themselves with unexpected declines in their happiness rankings, which suggests underlying societal problems.

Keep reading as we dive into the ever-changing landscape of global happiness. 👇

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The World's Happiest Countries

So, Finland emerges once again as the world's happiest country, maintaining its remarkable streak for the seventh consecutive year. Happiness scores are based on self-reported data over a three-year period, with Finland scoring 7.74 out of 10.

It seems to be a continuing trend that the nations of Nordic countries have peak happiness, at least compared to other countries, considering that four out of the five Nordic countries make up the top four happiest nations. In order: Finland, Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden.

The last of the Nordic countries, Norway, comes in seventh place—still a decent ranking.

The latest report reveals concerning shifts in happiness levels for both the US and the UK, as they move down the rankings. The UK moved down one place from 19th to 20th, which is not a drastic change. However, it still signals increased dissatisfaction among the nation.

While the UK drops one place to 20th, the stats for the US are a bit more drastic, with the USA dropping eight places from 15th to 23rd.

Notably, this year's findings shed light on reduced happiness among younger adults across North America (as well as Europe).

As the world deals with ongoing conflicts and geopolitical tensions, the assessment of happiness provides good insights into the well-being of nations during ever-changing global landscapes.

Understandably, the battle-scarred country of Afghanistan ranks the lowest on the happiness scale, with a score of 1.7. Lebanon takes second most unhappy country with a score of 2.7.

Lastly, Costa Rica returned to within the top 20 happiest countries after a three-year hiatus and Germany (like the USA) dropped out of the top 20 happiest nations for the first time.

You can take a look at the full happiness report here.

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