Nigeria's ranking improves on United Nations global happiness report

Finland has come out on top of an international index that ranks nations by how happy they are as places to live

The bottom three in the 156-nation list were Burundi, the Central African Republic and South Sudan - all of which have struggled with conflict and instability. The researchers noted all the top countries - particularly the Nordic regions - tended to have high values for income, life expectancy and social support, as well as a sense of freedom, trust and generosity.

In 2015, more than a million migrants entered Europe, and a few thousand made it to Finland, a relatively homogenous country with about 300,000 foreigners and residents with foreign roots, out of its 5.5 million people.

The top 10 countries have been generally the same for the past two years with the exception of a few, small changes. The GHC is a global network of independent thought leaders and academic specialists in happiness and key practitioners in areas ranging from psychology, economics, urban planning, civil society, business and government.

The report also said migrating to another country provides for many people a major opportunity to obtain a happier life, especially to countries that accept them.

This cuts both ways: A person who moves to a country high on the happiness list will probably become happier, and a person who moves to a lower-ranked country will probably become less happy.

Happiness revealed in the survey comes from healthy amounts of both personal freedom and social security, outweighing "some of the highest taxes in the world", Wiking said to AP.

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He said the findings on the happiness of immigrants, "shows the conditions that we live under matter greatly to our quality of life, that happiness is not only a matter of choice". Germany came in 15th place, while the United Kingdom was 19th. "The signs are not good for the U.S. It is getting richer and richer but not getting happier".

While it's no surprise that the Scandinavian countries have yet again come out on top, it's always interesting to see in what order they fall.

We cover the report every year, because, happiness. also because the report is intended as a tool to help create positive public policy, including policy directed at helping the planet.

The report, based on surveys completed by citizen volunteers, comes just under a week before World Happiness Day on March 20, when the United Nations declared to recognize "the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives".

Kiwis are officially happier than Australians, according to the United Nations.

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