World Happiness Report 2021: Bangladeshis are happiest of Indians, Pakistanis

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20th March, 2021 02:09:06 printer

World Happiness Report 2021: Bangladeshis are happiest of Indians, Pakistanis

Bangladesh has bagged the 68th spot in the UN World Happiness Report 2021, which was released on Friday.

The report ranks 149 countries on "how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be". This list has been made using only the data of 2020.

Finland has topped the chart for the fourth year in a row.

Last year, Bangladesh’s position was 107 out of the 157 countries.

However, according to another list based on data from 2018 to 2020, Bangladesh ranks 101st.

Among neighbouring countries, India 139, Pakistan ranked 105th, China 84th, and Sri Lanka 129th. Afghanistan was the least happiest country on the list, while the nine other nations that ranked below India were Burundi, Yemen, Tanzania, Haiti, Malawi, Lesotho, Botswana, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

People in war-torn Afghanistan are the most unhappy with their lives, followed by Zimbabwe (148), Rwanda (147), Botswana (146) and Lesotho (145).

The 2021 issue of the World Happiness Report that has been released by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network focuses on the effects of Covid-19 and how people all over the world have fared.

“Our aim was two-fold, first to focus on the effects of Covid-19 on the structure and quality of people’s lives, and second to describe and evaluate how governments all over the world have dealt with the pandemic. In particular, we try to explain why some countries have done so much better than others,” it said in a statement.

Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world. The Nordic nation is followed by Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, and Norway.

The happiness study ranks the countries of the world on the basis of questions from the Gallup World Poll. The results are then correlated with other factors, including GDP and social security.

The United States ranks 19th place for happiness, despite being one of the richest countries in the world.