Nigeria ranked 91st happiest country in the world

Croatia 82nd Happiest Country in the World! (Behind Almost All Neighbours)

Croatia 82nd Happiest Country in the World! (Behind Almost All Neighbours)

The US meanwhile dropped four places compared to last year's report.

Unlike past years, the annual report published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network also evaluated 117 countries by the happiness and well-being of their immigrants.

Finland is the happiest place on earth, followed by Norway and Denmark, says the report prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative launched by the United Nations in 2012. In 2015, the Alpine nation won first place in the ranking, but subsequently dropped to second in 2016 and fourth previous year.

The six variables that the report considers are: GDP per capita; healthy
years of life expectancy; social support (as measured by having someone to count on in times
of trouble); trust (as measured by a perceived absence of corruption in government and
business); perceived freedom to make life decisions; and generosity (as measured by recent donations).

This year's report also focused heavily on how migration affects happiness.

The report listed obesity, the opioid crisis, and depression as three emerging health problems that threaten happiness, adding that "the evidence and discussion are focused on the United States, where the prevalence of all three problems has been growing faster and further than in most other countries".

"Those who move to happier countries gain, while those who move to less happy countries lose", Helliwell said.

The United States fell to 18th place from 14th previous year.

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The countries with the happiest immigrants are not the richest countries, but rather ones with a more balanced set of social and institutional supports for better lives.

John Helliwell is an editor of the 2018 World Happiness Report.

Finland topped the list with fellow Scandinavian countries Norway (the former world number one), Denmark and Iceland making up the top four.

Finland is the world's happiest country.

Japan came in 54th place, Russian Federation came in 59th place and China came in 86th. The rankings of the happiest countries came from an analysis of data from surveys in 156 countries taken from 2015 to 2017.

The report also analyzes areas that pose a risky threat to quality of life, focusing specifically on three health problems within its penultimate chapters: obesity, the opioid crisis and depression, all problems that are especially acute within the US, which tumbled four spots to the 18th place on 2018's list.

NEW YORK • Students across the United States walked out of their classrooms yesterday, waving signs and shouting out their demands for tighter gun safety laws as they joined a movement spearheaded by survivors of the deadly shooting spree at a Florida high school last month. The U.N. would go on to declare March 20 as the official date since 2012 with the understanding that happiness is a "fundamental human goal" and that it's an important consideration in the creation of public policy around the world.

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