According to the United Nation’s annual report, Finland is the happiest country in the world. Generally, Nordic countries secure the top five spots, while countries facing war are in the bottom five.
The most “unhappy” country this year is Burundi. Burundi was disrupted and thrown into crisis when President Pierre Nkurunziza ran for a third re-election. This led to protests that overtook the country.
The “World Happiness Report” is calculated by asking a simple question: “Imagine a ladder, with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top. The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time?”
Next, an average of the country’s reported numbers make their unique score. Finland had a score of 7.6, while Burundi’s score was 2.9. The report also looks at factors such as economic strength, life expectancy, freedom of choice, social support, generosity, and perceived corruption.