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Upgrade: U.S. now barely cracks top 20 happiest countries on earth — after falling again this year

America’s happiness just took another hit.

On Wednesday, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an initiative of the United Nations, released its well-respected “World Happiness Report,” and, once again, Finland tops the list. The report ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be, according to their own evaluations of their lives.

Finland is followed, in order, by Denmark, Norway, Iceland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Austria. These are countries that “consistently” rank in the top 10, the report notes.

Among the reasons posited for why Nordic countries often predominate at the list include good work-life balance, generous parental leave and other policies helpful to parents, and lots of time spent in nature.

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