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Canada Remains Among the Happiest Countries in the World

Even with our neighbors to the south in turmoil, Canadians continue to be among the happiest people in the world.  And new arrivals to the country are also happy about choosing Canada as their new  home.

According to the World Happiness Report 2018, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia are the happiest countries in the world.  Interestingly, they are also among the countries with the happiest immigrants.

The Report, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants, was released earlier this week.  While a number of Scandinavian countries in Europe, as well as Switzerland and Netherlands, dominated the top six spots, Canada was the highest ranked English-speaking country.  In contrast, the United States ranked 18th and the United Kingdom ranked 19th.

The report includes four chapters on migration, both internal (within-country) and international (cross-country), investigating the happiness of migrants, their families left behind, and others living in the cities and countries receiving migrants.

“The most striking finding of the report is the remarkable consistency between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born,” said co-editor Professor John Helliwell of the University of British Columbia. All of the top ten countries for overall happiness 2015-2017 are in the top 11 countries for immigrant happiness based on surveys covering 2005-2015.

 

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