According to the United Nations World Happiness Index, Pakistan has risen from its 75th position last year to the 67th this year. As in the previous year, it was higher than its neighbors India, which listed 140 and other South Asian countries.
The report was published to commemorate the Global Day of Happiness; An event held every year on March 20, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 and launched by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solution Network.
Pakistan Regarded as Happiest Country in South Asia: UN Report
The index performs and classifies 156 countries into six key variables, including those who care for welfare: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity. While Pakistan has improved since last year, it has jumped 8 places, but India has seen a drop in its index and has been ranked 140th in the world this year.
The index was exceeded by Finland for the second year in a row, while South Sudan was devastated by the war at the bottom of the index. Finland, a country of 5.5 million inhabitants, known for its love for forests, lakes and saunas, was at the top of the study.
The rest of the top ten were made up of the other Nordic countries, as well as the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, New Zealand and Austria. The surprising common feature in all the major countries is that most have stable societies, apart from a good demonstration in all the indicators; Interestingly, the levels of happiness have only changed slightly in these countries since 2005.
The UK reached 15th place, a jump of four places, despite the furor Brexit brought. On the other hand, the United States has recently experienced a gradual downward trend and this is the case 19.
Jeffery Sachs, one of the report’s authors, said”This year’s report provides instructive evidence of how addiction causes great misery and depression in the United States.”
South Sudan, the country unlucky at the bottom of the index, has 60 percent of people in the country facing food insecurity as a result of a bloody civil war claiming the lives of about 400,000 people. .
Yemen, Afghanistan and the Central African Republic, nations that have seen conflict, are also close to the bottom of the table. According to the report, this has led to an increase in negative feelings, “which include worry, sadness and anger, especially in Asia and Africa, and more recently elsewhere.”
Interestingly, this year’s edition analyzed how countries have been running lucky in 2005.
Pakistan is one of the biggest winners in this period.