Finland is the world’s happiest country: Nordic nations dominate global list while UK drops five places to 18th – while Zimbabwe comes last


Finland has been ranked the world’s happiest nation in a new study while the UK slumped five places to 18th after a year of turmoil and Zimbabwe came last in the global rankings.

Nordic countries dominated the the World Happiness Report in the year of the pandemic, with Finland, Iceland and Denmark taking the top three spots while Sweden was sixth and Norway eighth.

Finland’s death rate from Covid-19 is the lowest in the EU and the country scored highly on measures of freedom, healthy lifestyles and social solidarity – while New Zealand was also in the top ten after virtually stamping out transmission of the virus.


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