Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Ukraine drops to 138th place in World Happiness Report 2018

Ukraine drops to 138th place in World Happiness Report 2018

The report, which also analyzed the effects of immigration on a country's happiness, found that those who move to more desirable countries generally become happier, while a move to one of the low-ranking countries can depress a person's quality of life.

The overall rankings of country happiness are based on the pooled results from Gallup World Poll surveys from 2015-2017, and show both change and stability.

Norway, which topped the list previous year, finished second in the 2018 report, followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland.

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India ranked 133rd in the global list of the happiest countries, coming after terror-riven Pakistan and poorest-of-poor Nepal, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday.

Finland has emerged as the happiest nation in the world in the sixth World Happiness Report.

It also includes information about how happy immigrants are in their host countries - with Finland coming out top in this regard too. Rounding out the Top 10 are Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.

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"The most striking finding of the report is the remarkable consistency between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born", said report co-author John Helliwell in a news release.

The United States landed in 18th place, dropping four spots from past year. In an interview with Patrick Collinson of the Guardian, Sachs explained that "America's subjective wellbeing is being systematically undermined by three interrelated epidemic diseases, notably obesity, substance abuse (especially opioid addiction) and depression". The U.S. has never been in the list's top 10.

Liberia, Rwanda, Malawi and Haiti and Syria were among the bottom 10 unhappy countries.

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While US income per capita has increased markedly over the last half century, happiness has been hit by weakened social support networks, a perceived rise in corruption in government and business and declining confidence in public institutions.

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