"The top five countries all have nearly equally high values for the six factors found to support happiness, and four of these countries - Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and now Finland - have been in first place in the six World Happiness Report rankings since the first report", said report co-editor John Helliwell, a professor emeritus of economics at the University of British Columbia. The Netherlands also managed to rank in this position a year ago.
Chengdu remains the Chinese mainland's happiest city, according to a recent survey conducted by the Xinhua News Agency's weekly magazine, Liaowang Dongfang.
SA ranked 105 out of 156 countries in the 2018 World Happiness Report released on Wednesday.
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Good cheer might abound in Naples, Florida, but as a whole, the United States is lagging behind comparably wealthy nations when it comes to its residents' happiness.
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For foreign-born people living in various countries, Finland also came first followed by Denmark.
"The most striking finding of the report is the remarkable consistency between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born", said Helliwell in a news release. The analysis of immigrant happiness was based on surveys of 117 countries covering the years 2005-2015.
The United States dropped four places in the latest index, falling to No. 18, just ahead of the United Kingdom (No. 19). The U.S. has never been in the list's top 10.
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The report also analyzes areas that pose a unsafe threat to quality of life, focusing specifically on three health problems within its penultimate chapters: obesity, the opioid crisis and depression, all problems that are especially acute within the US, which tumbled four spots to the 18th place on 2018's list.
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