Published On: Mon, Mar 20th, 2017

Very Despairing. India Ranks Behind Pakistan,Bangladesh And Iraq In World Happiness Index

NEW YORK:  India ranked a low 122 on a list of the world’s happiest countries published under a UN initiative, dropping four ranks from last year and receded from China, Pakistan, Nepal and Iraq. The World Happiness Report 2017, which ranked 155 countries by their happiness levels, ranked Norway as the happiest country in the world. It jumped three ranks from last year, displacing Denmark, which had held the top rank for three out of the past four years.

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India falls in on the 122th rank, down from 118 in the 2013-2015 report, which maps happiness on the parameters of GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perceptions of corruption.

Nations such as China (79 rank), Pakistan (80 rank), Nepal (99 rank), Bangladesh (110 rank), Iraq (117 rank) and Sri Lanka (120 rank) fared better than India on the ranking.

The report was released today at an event celebrating International Day of Happiness. It is the fifth report to come out since 2012.

The World Happiness Report continues to draw global attention around the need to create impactful policy for what matters most to the people – their well-being,” said Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network that produced the report.

As demonstrated by many countries, this report gives evidence that happiness is a result of creating strong social foundations. It’s time to build social trust and healthy lives, not guns or walls. Let’s hold our leaders to this fact,” he said.

Rounding out the rest of the top ten in order were Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden. The US ranked 14th, dropping down one spot from last year, the report said.

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