Finland was named the “happiest country in the world” for the fifth year in a row on Friday, in a ranking where Lebanon and Afghanistan close the march and where Belgium ranks 19th ahead of France. With a score of 7.82 out of 10, the Nordic country of 5.5 million inhabitants is ahead of Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and the Netherlands, at the top of the ranking unchanged and dominated by European countries, and especially from Northern Europe.
According to the “World Happiness Report”, an annual study sponsored by the United Nations, “the three strongest increases were in Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. The strongest declines in Lebanon, Venezuela and Afghanistan” are about ten years old.
Lebanon, shaken by unrest and a severe economic crisis, thus finished last this year with a score of 2, 40, with 2.95 points, just behind Zimbabwe and just ahead of Afghanistan.
According to official rankings of nearly 150 countries, Germany and Canada have dropped one place to 14th and 15th respectively, just ahead of the United States (16th, +3), which weights the data for the past three years. .
Belgium is ranked 19th with a score of 6.80 (-2), ahead of France, 20th, (6.68), “its best ranking since the study exists”, while the United Kingdom is 17th (unchanged).
Among the other great powers, Brazil is ranked 38th (-3), Japan 54th (+2), while Russia has dropped to 80th (-4) in this edition completed before the invasion of Ukraine.
China jumped 12 ranks to 72nd, India remains at the bottom of the rankings (136th) but has gained 3 places.
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