Venezuela ranks unhappiest place on the continent

Venezuela,  a country entangled in a deep economic and political crisis, ranks as the most unhappy country in Latin America. On the other hand, Costa Rica is placed as the happiest on the continent, followed by Mexico, Chile, Panama, Brazil and Argentina.

When looking at the happiest countries worldwide, Finland ranks first, according to The World Happiness Report, which was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 14. Finland is followed by last year’s winner Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland.

For this report, countries are ranked by six key variables supporting their well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity. Interestingly, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and Finland have been placed in first place since the first report in April 2012. Finland also shows to have the happiest immigrants, another focus of the study.

The report reveals that 25% of respondents in Latin America would be willing to emigrate to another country. The nations with the highest proportion of potential emigrants were Honduras (47%), El Salvador (42%) and Peru (33%).

Spain is ranked 36th in the general ranking.

Laura Kabelka
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