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World Happiness Index 2018: Finland tops

World Happiness Index 2018: Finland tops

In news:

The World Happiness Report published ranked 156 countries by happiness levels, ranked Finland as the happiest place to live.

Base for the Index:

  • Life expectancy
  • Social support
  • Corruption
  • Levels of GDP
  • Generosity
  • freedom


  • Norway ranked second.
  • The Top 10 are Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.
  • The United States fell to 18th place from 14th last year.
  • India ranked 133 on the list of 156 countries. 

The World Happiness Report 

  • The annual ‘World Happiness Report 2018′ is published by United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network
  • It contains rankings of national happiness and analysis of the data from various perspectives. 
  • In July 2011, the UN General Assembly resolution 65/309 Happiness: Towards a Holistic Definition of Development inviting member countries to measure the happiness of their people and to use the data to help guide public policy.
  • This index is initiated by Bhutan, which is a nation that adopted gross national happiness instead of gross domestic product as their main development indicator.

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.