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Monday, Nov 18, 2019

Indians not as happy as last year, drops 7 places in happiness index

Finland topped the index of the happiest nations for the second year in a row.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2019 08:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
HIndustan Times, New Delhi
India figured among the lowest 20 of the 156 nations ranked on this year’s UN World Happiness Report.
India figured among the lowest 20 of the 156 nations ranked on this year’s UN World Happiness Report.(PTI/ Representative Image)
         

Indians are not as happy as they were last year and the country figured among the lowest 20 of the 156 nations ranked on this year’s UN World Happiness Report.

India came in 140th this year, dropping seven places from 133 last year. As a result, India featured in the five countries that had the largest drop since 2005-2008 in the index, along with Yemen, Syria, Botswana and Venezuela.

None of the world’s major economic powerhouses made it to the top 10. Among them, the United Kingdom fared the best with a rank of 15 (from 18 last year). Germany went down from the 15th spot to the 17th. The United States dropped from the 18th to the 19th. Japan, Russia and China finished even further below, at 58 (down from 54th), 68 (down from 59th ) and 93rd place (down from 86th) respectively.

Finland topped the index of the happiest nations for the second year in a row, with researchers saying that the country has succeeded in generating recipe that’s not dependent on economic wealth.