You won't believe India's global ranking in world happiness list; Finland tops

Fans of skiing saunas and Father Christmas won't be surprised to hear Finland has been named the happiest place to live. Its capital Helsinki is shown in this file

The report published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network also assessed 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants as the primary focus of this year's report is also on migration within and between countries.

Obviously, India lacks behind in the above mentioned fields which is our country has been ranked behind most of our neighbouring countries in the table led by Finland.

The overall rankings of country happiness are based on the pooled results from Gallup World Poll surveys from 2015-2017, and show both change and stability.

The list's leader board was dominated by the Nordics - Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden - while fellow European countries Switzerland and the Netherlands also made the top 10.

India ranks below all developed countries in the world on the happiness index, and finds itself in the bottom two of SAARC nations as well.

This means Ghanaians are happier now than they were previous year when Ghana was ranked 131st and 25th respectively.

Pakistan improved its rating from previous year and positioned themselves at 75th position.Bhutan is at 97, Nepal at 101, Bangladesh at 115 while Sri Lanka is ranked 116.

Finland moved from fifth place to first place with the report explaining that all the top countries have high values for the key-variables that support well-being: health life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity. The United States of America fell to 18th place from 14th past year. It's followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland. He said that Nordic countries nearly always rank near the top of the happiness report. He said a society's happiness seemed to be contagious.

"Although immigrants come from countries with very different levels of happiness, their reported life evaluations converge towards those of other residents in their new countries", he added.

Israel's happiness index moved down only 0.134 percentage point.

He said the immigrant happiness finding "shows the conditions that we live under matter greatly to our quality of life, that happiness is not only a matter of choice".

This year's survey was also the first to assess the happiness of immigrants in each of the countries. Though the economy is generally strong and per capita income is high, it ranks poorly on social measures: Life expectancy has declined, suicide rates have risen, the opioid crisis has worsened, inequality has grown and confidence in government has fallen.