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World Happiness Report Shows Israeli Youth Happy Despite War, Adults Less So

Israel maintained its position in the World Happiness Report published on Wednesday, March 20, ranking fifth in the annual ranking, dropping one place compared to last year’s list, despite a year characterized by political turmoil, social schisms, Hamas’ attack on October 7 and the start of the Gaza war.

The Nordic countries remain at the top of the list in the current report. Finland, a welfare state with one of the lowest income gaps between rich and poor among OECD countries, remained in first place for the seventh consecutive year, followed by Denmark and Iceland.

The report’s authors noted the ranking is based on a three-year average (2021-2023), so the effects of a specific year are limited. The survey was conducted before October 7 in Judea and Samaria and Gaza, and even then the Palestinians were only ranked 103rd out of 143 countries.

Another finding from the survey marks the significant gap between older and younger people in Israel: While Israel ranks second for ages 30-44, it is only ranked in 18th place among adults over 60.

Meanwhile, a new survey conducted by the World Zionist Organization, in collaboration with the Hebrew University, revealed the sentiments of Israelis living abroad since the war broke out. According to the survey, 80% of the respondents said that they do not intend to return to Israel, even though they feel insecure in their countries of residence. (YNet / VFI News)

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Yeshua.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18