Thursday, 25 April, 2019

India loses 7 spots in global list of happiest nations, ranks 140th

World Happiness Report India drops even further ranks 140 on index of 156 countries Representative Image. | Arko Datta Reuters
Patty Aguilar | 21 March, 2019, 09:24

(Web Desk) For a second year running Finland is the world s happiest country according to an annual survey issued on Wednesday (March 20) by a United Nations-affiliated group.

The World Happiness Report ranked 156 countries on the happiness of their citizens, based on numerous factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption. It obtained 6.726 points.

Finland holds steady at the top of the list, followed by Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand Canada and Austria making it to the top 10.

The world's least happy country is South Sudan, followed by Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Yemen, Malawi, Syria, Botswana and Haiti. Nevertheless Israel remains ahead of such countries as the United Kingdom (15), Germany (17) and the U.S. (19).

Panama is in 31 place, while Azerbaijan is in the 90 position.

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South Africa is ranked at 106th on the list - behind African countries including Mauritius (57th) and Nigeria (85th).

"What stands out about the happiest and most well connected societies is their resilience and ability to deal with bad things", John F. Helliwell, one of the editors of the report, said. "After the 2011 natural disaster and now the terrorist attack in Christchurch - with high social capital, where people are connected - people rally and help each other and (after the earthquake) rebuild immediately".

The prime minister of the tiny country of Bhutan proposed a World Happiness Day to the United Nations in 2011, which brought worldwide attention to happiness as a metric.

"As for emotions, there has been a widespread recent upward trend in negative affect, comprising worry, sadness and anger, especially marked in Asia and Africa, and more recently elsewhere".

It's a no brainer, but the countries that occupy the bottom of the World Happiness Index are nations ravaged by unrest and war.

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