Trinidad and Tobago is happiest country in the Caribbean – UN report

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad–Trinidad and Tobago is the happiest Caribbean nation, according to a UN report.

The twin-island republic ranks 38th among 156 countries surveyed for the 2018 World Happiness Report and is the highest placed Caribbean country in the report, released last week by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations in the survey were Belize, which placed 49th; Jamaica, which was in position 56; and Haiti, which, at 148, ranked as the unhappiest country in the Caribbean.

Finland has overtaken Norway to become the happiest nation on earth, while the US has slipped five places down to 18th. Canada is 7th.

The East African nation of Burundi, scarred by bouts of ethnic cleansing, civil wars and coup attempts, is the unhappiest place in the world, according to the report.

Countries were ranked based on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity