/ 22 March 2021

The happiest countries

Finland has once again defended its coveted title as the world’s happiest country – the 4th consecutive win for the Nordic nation. And there must be something in the European water with Iceland coming in 2nd, followed by Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands rounding out the top 5. Researchers behind the annual World Happiness Report attribute it to “trust in each other, and confidence in their governments”. This year’s report focused on the relationship between wellbeing and COVID-19, finding the top 10 rankings were relatively similar to the previous year. They said that might be because the pandemic has generated a “sense of solidarity”. Oz maintained our 12th place on the list, while Afghanistan was ranked the most unhappy, along with Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Botswana.

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