India still behind Pak, China in the list of Happiest Nations, drops 7 spots

UNITED NATIONS: According to a new UN report, Indian stands at 140th place in the list of Happiest Nations this year compared with the 133rd place in 2018, seven spots down from last year. The second year in a row, Finland is the world’s happiest country.

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations released the report on March 20 as it has been declared as World Happiness Day by the UN General Assembly in 2012.

The results are based on six key factors found to support wellbeing — income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust, and generosity.

The study found that the 10 happiest countries in the overall rankings also scored highest on immigrant happiness, suggesting that migrants’ wellbeing depends primarily on the quality of life in their adopted home.

Over the past few years, the overall world happiness has fallen which has mostly been fuelled by a sustained drop in India. The United States and the United Kingdom were in 18th and 19th place respectively, despite being one of the richest countries in the world.

According to the report, Pakistan is ranked 67th, Bangladesh 125th and China is placed at 93rd. The results are then correlated with other factors, including GDP and social security.