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Sri Lanka moves up in World Happiness Report

Improving from last year, Sri Lanka has moved four places up in the 2018 World Happiness Report (WHR) released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations (SDSN) on March 14.

Sri Lanka was placed in the 120th slot last year has moved up to 116 in the latest Global Happiness Index.

Sri Lanka was ranked 43rd in the sub-category of best improvers from 2008-2010 to 2015-2017.

Finland came on top in the United Nations SDSN 2018 World Happiness Report, which ranked 156 countries according to factors such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.

Finland rose from fifth place last year to oust Norway from the top spot while Burundi was placed last.

According to the report, the model explains well the life evaluation differences within as well as between regions and for the world as a whole and this is the sixth world happiness report.

It further stated that each World Happiness Report has had a variety of topic chapters, often dealing with an underlying theme for the report as a whole.

For the World Happiness Report 2018, special focus was on migration.

The Top 10 countries of 2018 are Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.

In the meantime,the United States came in at 18th place,down from 14th place last year. Britain was 19th and the United Arab Emirates 20th.