New Zealand One of Ten Happiest Countries

New Zealand has been ranked the eighth happiest country in the 2018 World Happiness Report released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations. CNN reports. Finland took out the top spot in the ranking.

“The report ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity,” reports the article.

“The 10 happiest countries were also 10 of the top 11 spots in the rankings of immigrant happiness.”

“The most striking finding of the report is the remarkable consistency between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born,” said report co-editor John Helliwell, a professor emeritus of economics at the University of British Columbia in a news release.

“Although immigrants come from countries with very different levels of happiness, their reported life evaluations converge towards those of other residents in their new countries,” said Helliwell.

“Those who move to happier countries gain, while those who move to less happy countries lose.”

The Top Ten Happiest Countries are:

  • Finland
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • Iceland
  • Switzerland
  • Netherlands
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Sweden
  • Australia

Article Source: CNN, Katia Hetter, March 15, 2018
Image Source: Maxpixel

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