We are officially happier than India, Bangladesh and a few other Asian countries, yaaay!

Pakistanis may be mourning a few sad incidents in recent past but we, as a nation, are happier than many in the world, specifically India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

The UN’s World Happiness Report 2017, which ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels, is released yesterday at the United Nations at an event celebrating International Day of Happiness. The report, the fifth one to come out since 2012, continues to gain global recognition as governments, organizations and civil society increasingly use happiness indicators to inform their policy-making decisions.


According to the report, Norway tops the global happiness ranking for 2017 followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland in a tightly packed bunch. All of the top four countries rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance. The Central African Republic came last in the World Happiness Report.

Pakistan ranked 80, just one position behind China, which stood on 79th position. Bangladesh on 110, Sri Lanka on 120, and India, the least happy nation among all the SAARC countries ranked at 122 position.

Gallup, Inc. (“Gallup”) provided data used in connection with the preparation of the World Happiness Report.



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