Finland tops list of happiest nations; U.S. slips

Mar 15, 2018, 6:40 AM EDT
(Source: Dennis Jarvis/flickr)
(Source: Dennis Jarvis/flickr)

The 2018 World Happiness Report by the U.N. ranks Finland as the happiest nation in the world while the U.S. slid five places down from last year to sit at 18th position, a decline attributed to issues like obesity, substance abuse and depression.

The top four spots are occupied by Nordic nations, and Burundi in east Africa, reeling with the scourge of civil wars, ethnic cleansing and coup attempts is the unhappiest country, notes The Guardian.

This is the first time the World Happiness Index has taken into consideration the happiness of immigrants, who are found to be the happiest living in the world’s happiest countries, writes The Washington Post.