The UN on Wednesday published an updated ranking of the happiest countries in the world. Aside from some minor shuffling, those countries all placed highly a year ago as well.
"Happiness can change, and does change, according to the quality of the society in which people live", the authors of the report add. The country moved to second place in its neighbor Norway.
Nigeria has been ranked the 91 happiest nation of the world, and fifth in Africa in the 2018 World Happiness Report.
The conditions existing in Nigeria and Somalia make them happier countries than Ghana. New Zealand 9. Sweden 10.
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The UN report evaluates the happiness levels in a country by assessing the population by means of a survey in which individuals report their own life evaluations. Its prime minister proposed a World Happiness Day to the United Nations in 2011, which created an worldwide focus on happiness.
The United States happiness ranking landed in 18th place, dropping four spots from previous year.
"The most striking finding of the report is the remarkable consistency between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born", said report co-author John Helliwell in a news release. The top 10 happiest countries for immigrants are as follows. According to experts, the United States is in a hard and worsening the public health crisis, obesity epidemic, opioid dependence and depressive disorder.
A main focus this year was migration and the happiness of immigrants, included in the report for the first time. U.S. didn't even place in the TOP 10.
"The countries with the happiest immigrants are not the richest countries, but instead the countries with a more balanced set of social and institutional supports for better lives", the report states.