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world happiness report


The World Happiness Report is an annual publication of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network which contains rankings of national happiness and analysis of the data from various perspective.

As per 2018 Happiness Report, Finland is the happiest country in the world,with Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Switzerland holding the next top positions.

The World Happiness Report 2018 ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants.

The rankings are based on the following 6 key variables:

  1. Income,
  2. Healthy life expectancy,
  3. Social support,
  4. Freedom,
  5. Trust and
  6. Generosity

India’s ranking: India’s  rank fell to 133rd position from 122nd last year.

India was behind majority of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations apart from war-ravaged Afghanistan, which was ranked 145th.

Pakistan (ranked 75th) and China (86th) were well ahead of India in happiness index.

Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland led the 2018 ranking of the World Happiness Report, and Sweden wasn’t far behind, placing ninth. But in the five Nordic countries, an average of 12.3 per cent of the population is “struggling” or “suffering”, according to a report by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen.


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