Children participate in Phagwa

Trinidad and Tobago has been named the “happiest” Caribbean country to live in according to the United Nations (UN).

The country ranked 38th happiest country in the world based on the 2018 World Happiness Report released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations.

Trinidad and Tobago maintained its spot from last year at 38th out of 156 countries after climbing up a couple spots from 43rd in 2016.

The next-highest-ranked Caribbean country on the happiest scale was Jamaica, which placed 56th in the world. Haiti was at 148.

Finland took the top spot for being the happiest place in the world. Second was Norway, followed by Denmark and Iceland.

The report which was released six days before World Happiness Day on March 20 ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being such as income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.

This year’s World Happiness report featured data about the happiness of immigrants in their host countries. It found that the 10 happiest countries also scored highest on immigrant happiness, which suggests that migrants’ overall well-being was tied to the quality of life in their adopted home.

This is the sixth World Happiness Report published, which is in support of the UN High Level Meeting on happiness and well-being. It is also considered to be the proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy.

Top 10 happiest countries, 2018

1. Finland

2. Norway

3. Denmark

4. Iceland

5. Switzerland

6. Netherlands

7. Canada

8. New Zealand

9. Sweden

10. Australia

The 10 unhappiest countries, 2018

147. Malawi

148. Haiti

149. Liberia

150. Syria

151. Rwanda

152. Yemen

153. Tanzania

154. South Sudan

155. Central African Republic

156. Burundi


Drama unfolded at the John F Kennedy Airport, New York, USA, on Wednesday as a number of passengers were told that the only way they can get on the repatriation flight was if they were able to pay for hotel quarantine on arrival to Trinidad.

This caused tensions to rise in New York, with some in tears while others vented in frustration.

MADHO Ramkissoon had the face that everyone knew but no one ­actually ever saw.

He lived at Hardbargain, Williamsville, but from Monday to Saturday he might be seen at Marabella, San Fernando, or even Princes Town in line at a Play Whe booth, checking his cash and tickets, and playing a “mark”.

Madho loved his belly too, and in between the “mark” playing at 1.30 p.m. and 6 p.m., he might be seen buying or “hust­ling” a meal, or eating.

Madho would have turned 65 years old this coming August, distinguished as a milestone birthday for anyone. But one of the defining moments of his life occurred more than 50 years ago.