The Netherlands has overtaken Switzerland to move into fifth place in the World Happiness Report, compiled every year by the United Nations.

Finland tops the list, followed by Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Southern Sudan is considered the most unhappy country to live in the ranking of 156 countries.

Benin has made the most advances, moving up 50 places over the past 10 years while Venezuela, Syria and Botswana have fallen the most.

Every year, the UN ranks countries in terms of their population’s self-reported wellbeing, as well as perceptions of corruption, generosity and freedom.

Last year’s index included a separate assessment of immigrant well-being, in which the Netherlands was in 11th place.