Finland is the happiest nation; India slips 7 spots, ranks 140th

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


The report ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being:

  • Income
  • Freedom
  • Trust
  • Healthy life expectancy
  • Social support and
  • Generosity.

Indian Scenario

  • India’s loses 7 spots in global list of happiest nations, ranks 140th
  • Indians are not as happy in 2019 as they were in 2018 and the country figures at 140th place, seven spots down from last year, on this year’s UN World Happiness Report released Wednesday which is topped by Finland for the second year in a row.
  • According to the report, the overall world happiness has fallen over the past few years, which has mostly been fuelled by a sustained drop in India, which came in 140th place this year compared with 133rd place in 2018.
  • Pakistan is ranked 67th, Bangladesh 125th and China is place at 93rd, according to the report.

Overall Scenario:

  • The UN’s seventh annual World Happiness Report, which ranks the world’s 156 countries on how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be”, also noted that there has been an increase in negative emotions, including worry, sadness and anger.
  • Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world for the second year in succession. The Nordic nation is followed by Denmark, Norway, Iceland and The Netherlands.
  • People in war-torn South Sudan are the most unhappy with their lives, followed by Central African Republic (155), Afghanistan (154), Tanzania (153) and Rwanda (152).
  • 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 GDP and social security. The United States ranks at 19th place for happiness, despite being one of the richest countries in the world.
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