And the happiest country on Earth is...

If you're looking to move to the happiest place in the world and you happen to like blood sausage, then Finland is the place for you.

The 2018 World Happiness Report was released yesterday by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations. According to the survey, which factors in things like income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support, and generosity, Finland is the happiest country in the world. It overtook its neighbor Norway which was last year's winner. The United States dropped four spots from last year to number-18 (bummer). 

Here’s a rundown of the Top 10:

  1. Finland
  2. Norway
  3. Denmark
  4. Iceland
  5. Switzerland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Canada
  8. New Zealand
  9. Sweden
  10. Australia

Is weather not a determining factor in happiness? Because I honestly don't think I'd be happy in a place where it's grey and frozen for 6 months out of the year! Only two countries on that list aren't frozen tundras. No thanks! I'll stay in Florida! I'd like to visit several of the places on this list, but I'm not trying to move there!

And for the record, next time someone starts whining about how much the United States sucks, I'll kindly remind them about Finland being the happiest place on Earth, and help them pack their parkas. 

[World Happiness Report]

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