South Sudanese are unhappiest, says World
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 UN World Happiness Report- 2019, released on Wednesday. The list is
topped by Finland for the second year in a row.
The report was released by the
Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 20,
which was designated as the World Happiness Day by the UN General Assembly in
The report ranks countries on six key
variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life
expectancy, social support and generosity.
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 a year ago.
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.
Pakistan is ranked 67th, Bangladesh 125th
and China is place at 93rd.
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 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.