• Students enjoying the Australian lifestyle in Surfer's Paradise. Photo credit: Griffith UniversityStudents enjoying the Australian lifestyle in Surfer's Paradise. Photo credit: Griffith University

New Zealand and Australia once again make list of the world’s top ten happiest countries

New Zealand and Australia have yet again made it into the top ten of the world’s happiest countries in a new report.

The annual World Happiness Report, released on Wednesday, ranked 156 countries based on factors including life expectancy, social support and corruption.

In the latest report, New Zealand has maintained their 8th place position while the Nordic countries of Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland top the table.  Australia dropped down one place but still hangs on in the top ten.

John Helliwell, a co-editor of the World Happiness Report and professor emeritus of economics at the University of British Columbia, noted all the top ten nations scored highest in overall happiness and the happiness of immigrants. He said a society's happiness seems contagious: "The most striking finding of the report is the remarkable consistency between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born."

The World Happiness Report is released each year by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Global Happiness Council (GHC), find out more on the website here.

The full top ten for 2018:

1. Finland 

2. Norway

3. Denmark

4. Iceland

5. Switzerland

6. Netherlands

7. Canada

8. New Zealand

9. Sweden

10. Australia

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