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These countries made to top 10 list of world’s happiest. Where does India stand?

Mar 20, 2023 10:58 PM IST

The list released by the United Nations placed eight European nations on the top 10 ranks. India, this year was placed at 126, ranking below its neighbours including Pakistan, Bangladesh.

On the occasion of ‘International Day of Happiness’ on Monday, annually observed on March 20, ‘World Happiness Report’ unveiled its 11th edition this year, announcing European nation Finland as the ‘most happy’ among its peers for the sixth consecutive year.

India found its place at 126th rank on World Happiness Report 2023.(Photo - Digen)
India found its place at 126th rank on World Happiness Report 2023.(Photo - Digen)

Published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the report showed Finland scored “significantly ahead of all other countries” in the ranking, with Denmark and Iceland grabbing the next two spots respectively.

The report considered factors including income, health, emotional support, freedom of choice, generosity and the absence of corruption to map life evaluation as it sought to curate the list. On that basis, the countries were ranked from top to bottom on a three year average between 2020-2022.

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These were the top ten countries on World Happiness Report 2023:

Finland

Denmark

Iceland

Israel

Netherlands

Sweden

Norway

Switzerland

Luxembourg

New Zealand

Israel and New Zealand were the only two non-European countries to feature in the top 10 list. Israel climbed five spots from last year to secure fourth position.

While India’s neighbour Nepal featured at 78, China at 64, and Pakistan at 108, India itself fared poorly, stationed at 126. Bangladesh was seven spots above India while Sri Lanka, five places above Bangladesh at 112.

Screenshot of 'World Happiness Report 2023'.
Screenshot of 'World Happiness Report 2023'.

The United States was in the 15th spot this time and the war raged Ukraine was positioned at 92.

At 137, Taliban ruled Afghanistan stood in the list at the last spot, faring as the ‘most unhappy’ nation as per the report.

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