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Armenia ahead of almost all countries in the region in the latest World Happiness Report

21.03.23 16:24

Placed between Nepal and Tajikistan, Armenia ranked 79th out of 137 countries surveyed in the latest World Happiness Report, published by the UN.

Across the former Soviet Union region, Armenia is second only to Russia in the report, which covers the period from 2020 to 2022. Georgia is ranked 90th, Ukraine 92nd, Iran 101st and Turkey 106th. Azerbaijan is not listed in the ranking.

The happiest post-Soviet nation is Estonia, which is ranked 31st. It is followed by Latvia (41st) and Kazakhstan (44th).

For the sixth time in a row, Finland has been called the happiest country in the world. It is followed by Denmark and Iceland. The unhappiest nations are Afghanistan, Lebanon, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.

The report takes into account such issues as healthy life expectancy, GDP per capita, social support, low corruption, generosity in a community where people look after each other and freedom to make key life decisions.

According to UN, one other major reason why Finland is such a happy place to live is the free, relaxed way of life. Compared to a lot of the Western world, Finland is more laid-back and more at peace with itself. Finnish culture is also very warm and focuses on co-operation, rather than competition, ARKA reports.
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