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UN publishes an annual ranking of the happiest countries in the world: Ukraine loses 13 positions since the previous year

UN publishes an annual ranking of the happiest countries in the world

A country's level of happiness can tell a lot about its well-being, so this year's ranking is topped by Finland, which is considered one of the most comfortable places to live. It has not lost its place out of 143 countries for 7 years in a row. At the same time, Ukraine is having a hard time as it has lost 13 positions in just twelve months.

Currently, our country is ranked 105th, while in 2023 it was 92nd. The country's rating was estimated at 4.873 points on a ten-point scale. On the International Day of Happiness, the Daily Mail, citing the United Nations, published a new annual report of the world's happiest countries. The trend indicates that the well-being of people under 30 has deteriorated, and because of this, many countries have lost their place in the list.

UN publishes an annual ranking of the happiest countries in the world: Ukraine loses 13 positions since the previous year

The UN, in cooperation with Gallup, the Oxford Wellbeing Research Center, and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, has been measuring happiness for twelve years in a row and is based on tens of thousands of people's assessments of the economic and social situation in their country on a scale from 0 to 10. Finland, the leader of the ranking, received 7.7 points, while the unhappiest country, Afghanistan, received only 1.7. This is probably due to the war as Lebanon, which suffered from aggression, is ranked 142nd with 2.7 points.

UN publishes an annual ranking of the happiest countries in the world: Ukraine loses 13 positions since the previous year
UN publishes an annual ranking of the happiest countries in the world: Ukraine loses 13 positions since the previous year
UN publishes an annual ranking of the happiest countries in the world: Ukraine loses 13 positions since the previous year

In particular, Ukraine is also reaping the consequences of Russia's full-scale invasion and political instability. As we have already noted, the level of happiness has fallen by as much as 13 places in the ranking since 2023, and now the country is ranked 105th. In contrast, although Russians are more satisfied with their lives, the indicators have still deteriorated significantly. From 70th place, the country has dropped to 72nd with 5.79 points.

Interestingly, Scandinavia and Europe dominate the top ten happiest nations. It is worth noting that 8 of them are located in Europe, which may indicate that the level of economic and social development has a significant impact on the overall state of happiness.

The happiest countries in the world:

  1. Finland (7.7 points);
  2. Denmark (7.6 points);
  3. Iceland (7.5 points);
  4. Sweden (7.34 points);
  5. Israel (7.34 points);
  6. Netherlands (7.31 points);
  7. Norway (7.3 points);
  8. Luxembourg (7.1 points);
  9. Switzerland (7 points);
  10. Australia (7 points).

Other factors taken into account in this study include the state of the economy, level of education, healthcare system, social support and cultural characteristics of the country. The report also points to the problem of the "midlife crisis" that is spreading among young people in Europe and North America.

UN publishes an annual ranking of the happiest countries in the world: Ukraine loses 13 positions since the previous year

As the Daily Mail notes, in terms of happiness across generations, analysts have found that people born before 1965 (the baby boom generation) are significantly happier than those born after 1981 (millennials). The trend shows that millennials are becoming less satisfied with their quality of life every following year. The opposite is true for the baby boomers.

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