the five Nordic countries that reliably rank high in the index ‘are doing something right in terms of creating good conditions for good lives’.
He said the happiness revealed in the survey derives from healthy amounts of both personal freedoms and social security – which outweigh residents having to pay ‘some of the highest taxes in the world’.
‘Briefly put [Nordic countries] are good at converting wealth into well-being’ Mr Wiking said. T
he finding on the happiness of immigrants ‘shows the conditions that we live under matter greatly to our quality of life – that happiness is not only a matter of choice’.