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The world's countries have once again been ranked in terms of happiness, with Nordic countries topping the rankings and Turkey landing in the middle, on a United Nations -produced list released each year on March 20, the International Day of Happiness.

"The top 10 countries tend to rank high in all six variables, as well as emotional measures of well-being", John Helliwell, co-editor of the report, told CNN. The remaining top ten nations were The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Austria.

The the 19th happiest nation out of the 156 countries surveyed. They include 12th place for generosity, 37th place for social support, 61st place for freedom and 42nd place for corruption.

According to the 2019 World Happiness Report: "When you factor in population growth, world happiness has fallen in recent years, driven by the sustained downward trend in India".

The compulsive pursuit of substance abuse and addictive behaviors is causing severe unhappiness.

No other super powers made it into the top 10 rankings, either.

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Pakistan is ranked 67th, Bangladesh 125th and China is place at 93rd, according to the report. Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past 10 years in the 108th-placed Venezuela, now in political crisis.

This coincided with a rise in negative feelings "comprising worry, sadness, and anger, especially marked in Asia and Africa, and more recently elsewhere", it said.

The prime minister of the tiny country of Bhutan proposed a World Happiness Day to the United Nations in 2011, which brought global attention to happiness as a metric.

While Scandinavia may have reason to celebrate, the rest of the world is not so happy.

This marks a substantial decline for the country, with the report finding that there has been a steep drop in overall life satisfaction and happiness over the last decade.