Daily English Lesson #43

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This is the world’s happiest country in 2018

Reindeer jerky, anyone? Finland is the happiest country in the world, according to the latest World Happiness Report. Norway, last year’s winner, came in second place in the 2018 report. It’s followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland. The World Happiness Report was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 14, days before World Happiness Day on March 20. The report ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity. Finland also had the happiest immigrants, a special focus of this year’s report. The Netherlands came in sixth place this year, followed by Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia. The United States landed in 18th place, dropping four spots from last year.  Other major powers didn’t crack the top 10 rankings, either. Germany came in 15th place, while the United Kingdom was 19th. Japan came in 54th place, Russia came in 59th place and China came in 86th.

Reading Vocabulary

according to – as stated by or in


Question: How would you calculate the happiness of a country?


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GDP – Gross domestic product is a monetary measure of the market value of all final goods and services produced in a period of time

Picture Vocabulary 


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