Despite cold weather and long, dark winters, Finland has overtaken Norway to become the happiest nation on earth, according to a UN report.
Finland topped a list of 156 countries ranked in the World Happiness Report on factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption. It emerged as the happiest place even though its relatively little sun and low temperatures are often blamed for high rates of depression.
Finland vaulted to the top from fifth place in last year’s report, nudging Norway down into second. The top four places are taken by Nordic nations. Denmark was placed third this year and Iceland fourth. All the Nordic countries scored highly on income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom and trust.
The study found that the 10 happiest countries also scored highest on immigrant happiness, suggesting that migrants’ wellbeing was tied to the quality of life in their adopted home. With a population of around 5.5 million people, Finland counted some 300,000 foreigners in 2016.
vault：動詞，跳躍，躍過。例句：He vaulted over the gate.（他躍過大門。）
nudge：動詞，輕推，推進。例句：The children were giggling and nudging each other.（孩子們哈哈大笑，彼此互推。）
adopted：形容詞，移居的，被領養的。例句：Canada is my adopted country.（加拿大是我移居的國家。）