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World’s Happiest Ranking Goes to Finland for Fifth Year in a Row

  • Most countries show slight long-term drop in enjoyment of life
  • World Happiness Report published annually by UN-linked body
People enjoy sunny weather on the waterfront in Helsinki. 

People enjoy sunny weather on the waterfront in Helsinki. 

Photographer: Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva/Getty Images

Finland was crowned the happiest country in the world for the fifth consecutive year, with a score significantly ahead of its peers in the World Happiness Report 2022 ranking.

Denmark kept its second place, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network said on Friday. Iceland bypassed Switzerland to take third place and the Netherlands rounded out the top five. The U.S. ranked 16th, up three places from 2021.