UN Rates Israel 11th Happiest Country, U.S. Ranked 18th

Hovi Star representing Israel celebrates as he advances to the grand final, after qualifying in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 12, 2016.

The Times of Israel reports: Israel has retained its spot as the 11th happiest country in the world for the fifth year running, according to the United Nations’ annual “World Happiness Report,” published Wednesday.

The Palestinian Territories came in 104th place, Lebanon in 88th, Jordan in 90th and Syria in 150th in the listing of 156 countries.

The report, which also for the first time evaluated 117 countries by the happiness and well-being of their immigrants, notes that Jews who immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union have much better lives than before they immigrated, even though they still have problems. It ranks Israel 12th on its list for “happiness for the foreign born.”

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