New Delhi, Mar 15: Indians aren’t as happy as any of their neighbouring countries, says a UN report. The annual ‘World Happiness Report 2018′ by United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network released on Wednesday puts India at a lowly 133 on the list of 156 countries. India’s immediate neighbour Pakistan is also ahead at 75. If statistics are seen, ‘special terrorist zone’ Pakistan, ranked above India in 2017 and moved five spots up this year. While India, which was already ‘sad’, has dipped in rankings even further.
What is more irksome is that it’s not just Pakistan which is happier than India but most of our neighbours, such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and even China are ahead in the rankings at 115, 97,101 116 and 86 respectively. It is surprising to see that despite lagging behind in socio-economic status, these countries have happy people.
The World Happiness Report, which is published annually, has Finland topping the list. The parameters of happiness levels are based on factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption. A close look at the top 10 countries of 2018 revealed that the Nordics are in the top league- Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia. The United States came in at 18th, Britain at 19th and the United Arab Emirates at 20th rank.
A chapter in the UN report also talks about emerging health problems such as obesity, depression and the opioid crisis, particularly in the US, where it has grown rapidly. A startling finding of the report is the uniformity between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born which showed that people moving to happy countries were as happy as the residents. Although immigrants had different levels of happiness, their happiness index was equivalent to those residing in their country.
The annual joyful report that started in 2012 uses miscellaneous polling organisations, official figures and research methods to calculate the happiness index.