Ireland comes in at number 16 on the list. 

For the second time in a row, Finland has come out on top as the happiest country in the world, according to the U.N’s World Happiness Report (WHR).

The Nordic country is followed by its geographical neighbours with Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and the Netherlands coming second, third, fourth and fifth respectively. 

The indistinct concept of “happiness” was empirically determined by several factors: GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption.

Cred: WHR19

Cred: WHR19

Finland boasted strength in each category, especially social support, thanks to its abundance of public services and robust welfare programs. 

"The annual data for Finland have continued their modest but steady upward trend since 2014, so that dropping 2015 and adding 2018 boosts the average score, thereby putting Finland significantly ahead of other countries in the top ten," according to the report. 

Ireland sits above Germany and below the UK at number 16.

We scored well in terms of freedom to make life choices and life expectancy. However, we also score highly in the 'Negative affect' bracket – defined as "the average of previous-day affect measures for worry, sadness, and anger for all waves."

According to WHP, the rankings of country happiness are based on pooled results from Gallup World Poll surveys from 2016-2018 which continue to show both change and stability.

Top countries tend to have high values for most of the key variables that have been found to support well-being: income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity, to such a degree that year to year changes in the top rankings are to be expected.

You can check the report in full on their website

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