Despite the pandemic, Finland has defended its title as the happiest country in the world and ranks first on the UN list for the fourth consecutive year, while Serbia ranks 48th out of 149 countries.
For the authors of the ‘happiness’ research, this “comes as no surprise” and they point out that Finland “has always been highly rated on the basis of mutual trust that helped protect lives and livelihoods during the pandemic,” reports the SEEbiz web portal.
Finland is led by Prime Minister Sanna Marin and is one of 23 reviewed countries where PM is a woman. The Finns “always try to reconcile politics with a general sense of well-being,” the authors say.
The happiness index is based on factors such as GDP per capita, citizens’ life expectancy, freedoms, and perceptions of corruption in government and economic entities.
As usual, northern European countries top the list – Finland is followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg and New Zealand (the only non-European country in the top 10) and Austria.
Croatia ranked 60th with a score of 5,882, and out of other republics of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina ranked 64th, Montenegro 72nd, and North Macedonia 94th. Slovenia ranked much better, at 29th, and Serbia at 48th. The United States ranked 20th, Russia 77th, China 85th, and India 140th.
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