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Wednesday, March 14, 2018 2:10 pm

US falls in World Happiness rankings -- again

Alex Horton | The Washington Post

For the second consecutive year, the United States has taken a tumble in the World Happiness Report's annual ranking of more than 150 countries, published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a United Nations initiative.

The 2018 report was released Wednesday, ahead of the U.N.'s International Day of Happiness, and it has the United States ranked 18th.

That's down four spots from a year ago - and America's worst showing since the annual report was introduced in 2012. The United States has never cracked the Top 10.

Finland is No. 1, edging out Norway, the 2017 World Happiness Report champion. Denmark was third, followed by Iceland and Switzerland.

The bottom three in the 156-nation list were Burundi, Central African Republic and South Sudan - all three of which have struggled with conflict and instability.