India ranked 118th in UN’s world happiness index

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India ranked 118th out of 156 countries on the United Nations’ World Happiness Index (WHI) 2016, down one slot from last year on the index and coming behind China, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The report was published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative for the UN. Denmark took the top spot as the happiest country in the world, displacing Switzerland. The US is ranked 13th, coming behind Australia (9) and Israel (11).

Key Highlights of Report

♦ Top 10 happiest countries: Denmark (1st), Switzerland (2nd), Iceland (3rd), Norway (4th) and Finland (5th), Canada (6th), Netherlands (7th), New Zealand (8th), Australia (9th) and Sweden (10th).

♦ 5 Least happiest countries: Rwanda (152nd), Benin (153rd), Afghanistan (154th), Togo (155th), Syria (156th) and Burundi (157th). 

♦ BRICS Countries : Brazil (17th), Russia (56th), China (83rd), South Africa (116th) and India (118th).

♦ India’s neighbouring countries : Nepal (78th), China (83rd), Bhutan (84th), Pakistan (104th), Bangladesh (110th), Sri Lanka (117th) and Afghanistan (154th). 

Facts about the report 

⇒ World happiness index report 2016,  released in advance of UN World Happiness Day on March 20, for the first time gives a special role to the measurement and consequences of inequality in the distribution of well-being among countries and regions.

⇒ Experts believe measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations. The report reflects a “new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness as a criteria for government policy”.

⇒ As per the report people are happier living in societies where there is less inequality of happiness. The report shows that happiness inequality has increased significantly (comparing 2012-2015 to 2005-2011) in most countries.

About World Happiness Report :

The first World Happiness Report was published in April 2012, in support of the High Level Meeting at the United Nations on happiness and well-being. The report is prepared based upon study undertaken by Gallup World Poll. Ranking of the countries is based upon score of different variables on a scale running from 0 to 10. The different variables includes social freedom, corruption levels,  healthy life expectancy and GDP per capita.

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