According to World Happiness Report 2018 issued this Wednesday, Pakistan is the 75th happiest country out of 156 total. The situation has improved since the last year’s report, in which Pakistan stood at the 80th place. According to it, Pakistan is happier than India (Standing at 133 place), Afghanistan (at 145) and Iran (at 106).
As per the survey, Finland is the happiest country in the world while Americans, with being financially stronger have become less happy. Burundi stood last, being declared the least content by the report. The report ranked countries based on GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, social support, generosity and absence of corruption.
Although the weather is quite challenging in Finland due to unforgivingly harsh winters, the access to nature, safety, good schooling and free health care justifies why the country was ranked the happiest.
Talking to Reuters, Brianna Owens who moved to Finland from the United States and is teaching an Espoo, said,
‘’I think everything in this society is set up for people to be successful, starting with university and transportation that works really well.’’
According to 2017 report, Finland stood on 5th and ousted Norway for the top place this year. The top ten ranking belongs to Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.
The United States of America dropped to 18th place from 14th this year. Britain was 19th, whereas UAE was 20th. There was an entire chapter in the 170-page long report dedicated to health problems in the US, such as obesity, depression and opioid crisis. It is believed that apart from an increase in income per capita, weak social support networks, rise in corruption and declining trust in public institutions is the reason for the declining happiness.
Head of SDSN, Jeffree Sachs of New York’s Columbia’s university expressed his concern speaking to Reuters. He said:
‘’It’s pretty stark right now. The signs are not good for the US. It is getting richer and richer but not happier’’.
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