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World Happiness Report 2018 Results

23rd March 2018 - 364 days ago

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On March 14th the World Happiness Report 2018 was released. Jeffrey D. Sachs is one of the editors of the report, which ranks nations for their happiness ratings. Jeffrey is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor and bestselling author.

The report declared that Finland is top of the world for happiness, closely followed by Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

World Happiness Report 2018 Results
Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs

Director of the Earth Institute

Nordic countries take four out of the five top spots, and are well known to be stable, safe and socially progressive. There is very little corruption, and the police and politicians are trusted.

But some of the world’s richest nations, including the US and Japan, are found much further down the list. The disparity between wealth and happiness has caused policymakers to broaden their scope and look for other indicators to assess the health of nations, rather than just measuring economic success through GDP.

And it cites six significant factors which contribute to happiness; GDP per capita, social support, life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and corruption levels.

Read the results of the report here.

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