Scandi happy people laughing: Northern Europeans are the most joyful folk in the world

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Generally, people around the world are experiencing more negative emotions than they did 15 years ago, with two regional exceptions: in Europe and East Asia.

The most significant increases in happiness since the last report were observed in Central and Eastern European countries, specifically in the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Slovenia. Life evaluations have also risen considerably in former Soviet countries and East Asia.

The countries at the bottom of the list were Lesotho, Lebanon and, in last place, Afghanistan.