The annual United Nations World Happiness Report named Finland as the world’s happiest country in its 2020 edition.
The Nordic country is number one once again for three years in a row. Since the first report in 2012, only four countries have claimed the top spot: Denmark in 2012, 2013 and 2016, Switzerland in 2015, Norway in 2017, and now Finland in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Based on citizen’s evaluation in 2020, 156 countries were ranked by how people perceived to be happy with their lives. It is also the first time to ranked resident’s perception of their own well-being.
We could all do with a little more happiness right now but some countries may need less help.
The least happy countries as perceived by residents were Afghanistan, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Central African Republic.
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Unsurprisingly, Finland’s capital Helsinki was in the top spot, followed by Aarhus, Denmark; Wellington, New Zealand; Zurich, Switzerland; and Copenhagen, Denmark.
London was the UK’s happiest city, coming in at number 36.
The study found that comparing rural and urban environments, city dwellers tended to be happier and having friends and community was one of its strongest factors.
Another study’s editor, John Helliwell said:
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“A happy social environment, whether urban or rural, is one where people feel a sense of belonging, where they trust and enjoy each other and their shared institutions,”
“There is also more resilience, because shared trust reduces the burden of hardships, and thereby lessens the inequality of well-being.”
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186 cities were ranked as the least happy: Kabul, Afghanistan; Sanaa, Yemen; Gaza, Palestine; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and Juba, South Sudan.
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