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Finland is the world's happiest country

Finland is the world's happiest country

"It's true that a year ago all Finns were happier than rest of the countries' residents, but their immigrants were also happiest immigrants in the world", economist and report author John F. Helliwell told CNN.

If you want to live in the happiest countries in the world, then perhaps it's about time to move to Nordic Europe.

The report comes three months after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that life expectancy in the USA has dropped for the third year in row, with drug overdoses and suicides both major drivers of the trend.

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The World Happiness Report, produced by the U.N Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be.

Turkey took 79th place on the list.

Finland tops the list, followed by Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

This year´s publication also looked at how countries have performed in the happiness rankings since 2005.

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Other notables included Australia (11), the United Kingdom (15), Germany (17), the USA (19), Mexico (23), Brazil (32), South Korea (54), Japan (58), Russian Federation (68), Nigeria (85), Indonesia (92), China (93) and India (140).

Every year, the United Nations ranks countries in terms of their population's self-reported wellbeing, as well as perceptions of corruption, generosity and freedom.

The latest report featured three new countries while three other countries lost their place.

"What stands out about the happiest and most well connected societies is their resilience and ability to deal with bad things", says Helliwell.

Based on those variables, Nordic nations came up tops in being the happiest bunch.

According to the report, the overall world happiness has fallen over the past few years, which has mostly been fuelled by a sustained drop in India, which came in 140th place this year compared with 133rd place in 2018.

This has coincided with a rise in negative feelings, "comprising worry, sadness and anger, especially marked in Asia and Africa, and more recently elsewhere", it said.