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These are the happiest countries in the world right now

For the second year in a row, Finland has been ranked the happiest country in the world. 

The UN's 7th annual World Happiness Report has been released, ranking 156 countries around the world based on six variables that contribute to well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity. 

Finland has come out on top for the second year running, followed by other Nordic nations Denmark, Norway and Iceland. In fact, these Scandinavian countries have ruled the rankings since the inception of the World Happiness Report in 2012. 

As for the Brits, it seems that our complaints about the weather and Brexit say nothing about our happiness, as the UK has risen 4 places from 19th to 15th since last year. That puts us ahead of our European neighbours Ireland, Germany and France and sees us soar past the USA, who ranked 19th this year. 

So, if you're looking to start your post-graduate life abroad, these are the top 10 countries that will put the biggest smile on your face. You can read the report and find the full rankings here. 

 

1. Finland 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. Denmark 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. Norway

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4. Iceland 

 

 

 

5. The Netherlands 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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6. Switzerland 

 

 

 

7. Sweden 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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8. New Zealand

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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9. Canada

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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10. Austria 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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