"Well, our politics and our economics".
Nordic countries topped the list of the happiest countries in the world outpacing some of the world's largest economies, according to the World Happiness Report 2018. "I think the basics are quite good in Finland", said Sofia Holm, 24-year-old resident of Helsinki, the capital of Finland.
Every year, Scandinavian countries (with some of the coldest, longest, darkest winters on earth) top the report as the happiest places in the world.More news: Children with Down's Syndrome take part in special Carpool Karaoke
With a population of around 5.5 million people, Finland counted some 300,000 foreigners in 2016.
John Helliwell, a co-editor of the World Happiness Report and professor emeritus of economics at the University of British Columbia, noted that all the countries in the Top 10 scored highest both in overall happiness and regarding the happiness of immigrants.
Venezuela recorded the biggest decline in well-being, and the U.S. dropped four spots from a year ago to 18th spot. "Those who move to happier countries gain, while those who move to less happy countries lose", though the adjustment of happiness is not complete, as migrants still reflect in part the happiness of their birth country.More news: Amazon said to be weighing up Toys R Us store buys
According to Wiking, happiness is related to ample personal freedoms and social security, as well as low taxes.
"I've joked with the other Americans that we are living the American dream here in Finland", said Brianna Owens, who moved from the United States and is now a teacher in Espoo, Finland's second biggest city with a population of around 280,000. The report cited several factors to explain its falling ranking.
One chapter of the 170-page report is dedicated to emerging health problems such as obesity, depression and the opioid crisis, particularly in the United States where the prevalence of all three has grown faster than in most other countries.More news: Rabada appeal hearing set for March 19
Ranked at the 20th position in the global list, the U.A.E. was the most happiest country in the Middle East. During the winter months, the sun doesn't rise at all for 51 days in Lapland, northern Finland.