(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Finland topped the ranking of the world’s happiest countries for the second year in a row, with the Nordic countries taking the leading spots, an annual survey issued on Wednesday showed.
South Sudan came last in the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s 2019 World Happiness Report.
It ranked 156 countries according to things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption.
Taking the harsh, dark winters in their stride, Finns’ happiness is boosted by access to nature, safety, affordable childcare, free education, and heavily subsidized healthcare.
The top 10 was again dominated by the Nordics, with Denmark, Norway, and Iceland taking the other leading spots followed by Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada, and Austria. The United States dropped one place to 19th.
“This year’s report provides sobering evidence of how addictions are causing considerable unhappiness and depression in the US,” the network’s director Jeffrey Sachs said in a statement, adding that they were referring to addictions in many forms from substance abuse to gambling and digital media.