If you’re happy and you know it...

Where the world stand in terms of happiness

GN Bureau | March 15, 2018


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If you’re happy and you know it...
If you’re happy and you know it...

Finland has emerged as the world’s happiest country, as per the World Happiness Report 2018. The report has ranked 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants. This year, the main focus of the report is on migration within and between countries.
The others among the top 10, after Finland, are Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia. The US fell to 18th place from 14th last year.

India stands at 133rd position – far behind its worn-torn neighbour Pakistan, which is at 75th position. The country also lags behind its other neighbours like Nepal (101), Bhutan (97), Bangladesh (115) and Sri Lanka (116).

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The report ranks countries on six key variables: that support well-being: income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity.

The 10 happiest countries are also top 10 of the top 11 spots in the ranking of immigrant happiness. Finland is at the top of both rankings in this report, with the happiest immigrants, and the happiest population in general.

Why is India more unhappy than last year?

The country slipped 11 places from last year's 122nd rank; it ranked 118th in 2016.

India’s ranking

Social support

Healthy life expectancy at birth

Freedom to make life choices

Generosity

Perceptions of corruption

Confidence in national government

Democratic quality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

0.613529

59.25858

0.820069

0.033289

0.764722

0.732105

-0.2702

2017

0.606767

59.50263

0.88585

-0.0545

0.780803

0.839278

 

 

The happy club

Country

Rank

Switzerland

5

Canada

7

Germany

15

UK

19

Japan

54

China

86

India

133

Uganda

136

Afghanistan

145

Syria

151

 

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