According to a yearly UN-sponsored index released on Monday, Finland was dubbed the world’s happiest nation for the sixth consecutive year, and acts of kindness increased in Ukraine despite the Russian invasion.
The Nordic region, home to 5.5 million people and thousands of lakes and seemingly unending forests, is renowned for its comprehensive welfare system, high level of public trust, and low levels of inequality.
Despite the Russian invasion, Ukraine’s position this year rose from 98 to 92, although its overall score decreased from 5.084 to 5.071 on a scale of zero to 10.
The report’s editor, Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, claimed that despite the “magnitude of suffering and loss in Ukraine” since the 2022 invasion, there had been a “amazing surge of comrade feeling across Ukraine.”
According to the study, “benevolence” refers to deeds like giving to charity or helping out strangers, and it “increased rapidly in Ukraine but dropped in Russia” last year.
Compared to after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the research noted that there was a “far stronger feeling of collective purpose, kindness, and faith in Ukrainian leadership.”
Again, Northern Europe swept the top rankings, with Iceland coming in second and Denmark third.
Israel moved up five spots from the previous year to take fourth place.
While the same nations frequently top the list each year, the authors noted that the Baltic countries are quickly catching up to Western European standards.
With Estonia moving up from 66 to number 31, Lithuania became the sole new nation in the top 20, knocking France off the 20th spot.
War-scarred When the Taliban administration came to power in 2021 as a result of the US-led military withdrawal, Afghanistan, which has held the lowest spot on the table since 2020, has seen a worsening humanitarian crisis.
The World Happiness Report, first released in 2012, is based on economic and social data as well as people’s subjective assessments of their satisfaction.
Six important variables are taken into account in the report: social support, income, health, freedom, generosity, and lack of corruption.
Based on the average of the data collected over a three-year period, it assigns a happiness score.