The index showed the other Nordic countries did well again this year. LEHTIKUVA / Heikki Saukkomaa via REUTERS/File Photo
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Finland has topped an index of the happiest nations for the second consecutive year, with researchers saying the small Nordic country of 5.5 million has succeeded in generating a happiness recipe for a balanced life not simply dependent on economic and material wealth. The World Happiness Report, produced by the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be. The 134-page report noted that, in general, happiness levels have decreased worldwide despite continued economic growth.The report noted that happiness has declined the most drastically in the past 10 years in the 108th placed Venezuela, a South American nation currently in economic turmoil with a severe political crisis.
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