Despite the effects of the last 12 months and the resulting decline in mental health in a number of places around the world, there’s been no change at the top spot when it comes to ranking happiness. For the fourth year in a row, Finland has been ranked the happiest country in the world, based on data from the Gallup World Poll, with Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands following in second, third, fourth and fifth positions, respectively. As for notable movement in the polling, the US moved up from 18th to 14th place and the UK dropped from 13th to 18th. “Surprisingly, there was not, on average, a decline in wellbeing when measured by people’s own evaluation of their lives,” said University of British Columbia Prof. John Helliwell, who contributed to the report. “One possible explanation is that people see Covid-19 as a common outside threat affecting everybody and that this has generated a greater sense of solidarity and fellow-feeling.”

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