World Happiness Index: Finland Is World’s Happiest Nation; India 140th
Indians seem to get less happy year after year, if data are to be believed. In the United Nation’s World Happiness Report unveiled on March 20, the country has registered a drop of seven spots to claim the 140th position in a list of 156 countries. In 2017, India was ranked 122nd in the list. The following year, its ranking fell to 133rd spot. Neighbouring Pakistan is ranked 67th while China and Bangladesh are placed at the 93rd and the 125th positions, respectively, in this year's ranking.
In fact, the report points out that the overall world happiness has fallen over the past few years, which has mostly been fuelled by a sustained drop in India.
For the second time, Finland has topped the list to be titled the happiest place to live in the world. Denmark, Norway, Iceland and The Netherlands are ranked the second, third, fourth and fifth in the list, respectively.
The UN's seventh annual World Happiness Report, which ranks the countries on how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be, ranks them on six key variables that support well-being. These include income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.
The ancient adage that money cannot buy you happiness may, after all be true ─ the United States ranks at 19th place for happiness, despite being one of the richest countries in the world.
People in war-torn South Sudan are the unhappiest with their lives, followed by Central African Republic (155), Afghanistan (154), Tanzania (153) and Rwanda (152).
The analysis of happiness changes from 2008-2010 to 2015-2015 shows Togo as the biggest gainer, moving up 17 places in the overall rankings from the last place position it held as recently as in the 2015 rankings. The biggest loser is Venezuela, down 2.2 points on the 0 to 10 scale.
The happiness study ranks the countries of the world on the basis of questions from the Gallup World Poll. The results are then correlated with other factors, including gross domestic product and social security.
Happiest nations in the world
- New Zealand
Least happy nations in the world
- South Sudan
- Central African Republic