Finland happiest country in the world, also for its immigrants

La Finlande pays le plus heureux du monde, aussi pour ses immigrés

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After Norway last year, it is the turn of its neighbour Finland being officially ranked the happiest country in the world, including its immigrants, according to a Un report presented on Wednesday in Vatican City.

Finland is ahead of Norway and Denmark in the ranking, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, the netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia, according to the World Happiness Report 2018.

Finland monte also on the top of the podium for the happiness of its immigrants.

Created by the united nations in 2012, the World Happiness Report class 156 countries according to their level of happiness, and 117 countries according to the level of happiness of immigrants. It has been announced this year in the grounds of the pontifical Academy of sciences, which hosts regularly conferences and debates.

This report pays particular attention to the level of happiness of immigrants, and includes four chapters on migration, both internal (within a country) and international (country to country).

“Governments are increasingly using indicators of happiness for the decision-making and policy formulation,” noted Jeffrey D. Sachs, co-editor of the report, quoted in a press release.

“The most surprising results of this report is the consistency remarkable between the happiness of immigrants and aboriginal peoples,” explains for his part John Helliwell, a professor at the University of British Columbia.

“While immigrants come from countries that are very disparate in terms of level of happiness, their quality of life, and the lives of the residents of their host countries converge,” he stressed.

A year after the arrival of Donald Trump at the White House, the United States arrive in 18th position, dropping four places.

France is leading in the 23rd position, winning eight seats, the Germany 15th (-1), and the United Kingdom in the 19th (unchanged).

Other large countries, China (which passes from the 79th to the 86th place) has made important economic gains in recent years but its population is not more happy.

The World Happiness Report lists “compassion, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, social safety nets and good governance”.

The methodology used consists of asking a sample of about 1000 people to answer a series of questions on the perception of their quality of life on a scale of 1 to 10.