Long, dark winter days apparently don’t dampen the spirits of folks who live in Finland. The tiny Nordic nation has been named 2018’s happiest country.
The World Happiness Report, published Wednesday by the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranked 156 countries by happiness levels, based on factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption.
Finland, home of jolly ol’ Santa Claus, took the top spot this year, knocking 2017 winner Norway into second place. The little country in the north corner of Europe, so famous for its skiing and saunas, has long been known for its high quality of life.
For the first time this year, the annual report also evaluated 117 countries by the happiness and well-being of their immigrants.Finland is a relatively homogenous nation — only about 300,000 of its 5.5 million residents are foreigners or have foreign roots. Its largest immigrant groups come from other European nations, but there also are communities from Afghanistan, China, Iraq and Somalia.