A long-running study concludes that the well-being of northerners in Canada’s Arctic compares poorly with those in many other Arctic regions around the world.

The Arctic Human Development Report, released today after 10 years of research, says northern Canadians rank at best in the middle of the pack when it comes to overall health.

Well-being drops from west to east, with some regions of Nunavut ranked just above conditions in Arctic Russia.

But the study also found that Canadian northerners were the most content of anyone in the circumpolar world.

The report says population growth in Canada’s North was higher than in any other country.

It was written for Scandinavian governments, with involvement from Canadian officials.