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Iceland No Longer the Happiest Nation

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Iceland No Longer the Happiest Nation

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Icelanders are no longer the happiest nation in the world, according to the World Happiness Report 2018. In the new report, Iceland is in fourth place.

“There’s not a big difference between us and the other Nordic nations but the reason why Norway and Finland are above us is that we’ve gone down, not because they’ve gone up,” Dóra Guðrún Guðmundsdóttir, head of the division of health determinants with the Directorate of Health told Vísir.

According to Dóra, they are looking at the contributing factors to decrease happiness, especially among young people, since research shows that young people are disproportionately affected. Among the Nordic nations, young people’s happiness is generally decreasing, except in Finland, the current happiest nation. Dóra points to the fact that Finnish schools don’t have homework or generalised tests but is cautious to name a deciding factor. “We don’t know the answers but it’s an incentive to us working in public health to figure out the cause of the problem”.

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