The happiest countries in the world revealed

The World Happiness Report has been released. Northern and Western European countries rank first. Turkey ranks 79th among 156 countries.

Finland has one of the best education systems in the world. The country offers its citizens a high quality life and a safe environment. All this has made Finland the happiest country in the world. According to the 2019 World Happiness Report prepared by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Finns are the happiest people in the world. The report is published annually on March 20, International Day of Happiness.

Finland has been at the top of the report for the last two years in a row. Other northern countries are also doing well overall. Denmark, Norway and Iceland are in the top 5, while Sweden is 7th.

In the report, 156 countries are evaluated according to their happiness level. The study uses six different criteria: freedom, generosity, income, trust, healthy life expectancy, and social support. This year’s report focused on happiness and community. In the report, it was determined how many factors such as information technologies, management and social norms cause changes in people’s happiness levels.

Turkey ranked 79th

Turkey ranked 79th among 156 countries in the list. The biggest obstacles to the happiness of the Turks were determined as the lack of generosity and freedom in life choices, and the perception of corruption. In addition, the difference between the Turkish people’s perception of happiness and the measurements made was quite high. The reason for this may be that Turkish people find happiness in other variables apart from the six variables measured in the study.

A similar situation can be seen in Costa Rica in 12th place and in Central and South American countries in the top 50. Although the living standards in these countries are not very high, the different expectations of the people from life and the importance given to happiness generally result in a positive approach to life.

USA in decline

While Western and Northern European countries are generally at the top of the list, Israel was the only one from the Middle East to make it to the top 20. The United Arab Emirates was also ranked 21st. The USA, on the other hand, took the 19th place. It was stated that the rate of happiness in the USA peaked in the early 2000s, but experienced a great decline as of 2012. It is stated that the most important share in this decline is the rapidly increasing addictions among the US people. It is stated that besides substance addiction, gambling and bad eating habits negatively affect the happiness of the society. It is emphasized that depression and suicide are on the rise, especially among young people.

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is not generally included in such lists because it is not recognized by other countries, was also included in the list. The TRNC was ranked 64th in the World Happiness Report.

No country from Africa in the top 50

The African country at the top of the list was Mauritus, the small island country located off East Africa, next to Madagascar. Mauritus, in 57th place, was followed by Nigeria in 85th place. South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Afghanistan, which were struggling with wars, were at the bottom of the list.

In another study shared this year, Finland was the 10th happiest country in the world, and Spain ranked first in this study. In the study, only the public’s perception of happiness was considered. In this study, which was conducted with 20,000 people around the world, participants from four different regions were asked to evaluate 75 different criteria about 80 countries.

Source: US News

According to the 2019 World Happiness Report prepared by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Finns are the happiest people in the world. The report is published annually on March 20, International Day of Happiness. Finland has been at the top of the report for the last two years in a row. Other northern countries are also doing well overall. Denmark, Norway and Iceland are in the top 5, while Sweden is 7th. In the report, 156 countries are evaluated according to their happiness level. The study uses six different criteria: freedom, generosity, income, trust, healthy life expectancy, and social support. Turkey ranked 79th in the list and the TRNC 64th.

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