The World Happiness Index once again places Finland in the lead, for the sixth consecutive year, and relegates Spain to 32nd place, which represents a new drop in an annual study prepared by the Gallup Institute and which examines on this occasion the effects in the general perception of issues such as the war in Ukraine, the increase in the cost of living, and the Covid-19 pandemic, among other factors.
It has been over ten years since the first World Happiness Report was published. And it is exactly ten years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/281, proclaiming 20 March to be observed annually as International Day of Happiness.
Finland repeats the lead of this particular list, which comes to light coinciding with the International Day of Happiness, with a score of 7,804 obtained from specific analyses on social support, income, health, freedom, generosity and absence of corruption, according to an analysis promoted by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Experts agree that the countries considered the happiest in the world have responded with considerable resilience to recent challenges, the effects of which would have been felt in less developed areas.
Along with Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Israel, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg and New Zealand complete the top ten of the list.
On the opposite side are Afghanistan, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana and Malawi, while in Latin America, the face and the cross are put by Costa Rica, in the position 23, and Venezuela, which does not appear until number 88.
Spain -which obtained 6,436 after appearing with 6,476 in the report a year ago- appears thirty-second, just behind Estonia and slightly above Italy.
The United Kingdom is in 19th place,