The World Happiness Report published Wednesday ranked 156 countries by happiness levels, based on factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption. Europe’s Nordic nations, none particularly diverse, have dominated the index since it first was produced in 2012. The United States fell to 18th place from 14th last year. John Helliwell, a co-editor of the World Happiness Report and professor emeritus of economics at the University of British Columbia, noted all the top-10 nations scored highest in overall happiness and the happiness of immigrants. It added that the “sociopolitical system” in the United States produces more income inequality — a major contributing factor to unhappiness — than other countries with comparatively high incomes.
Source: Egypt Independent March 14, 2018 06:33 UTC