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UN World Happiness Report- 2019

Indians are not as happy in 2019 as they were in 2018 and the country figures at 140th place, seven spots down from last year, on UN World Happiness Report- 2019, released recently.

About UN World Happiness Report

  • The report was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 20 which has was declared as World Happiness Day by the UN General Assembly in 2012.
  • The report ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.
  • 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.

Details of the Report

  • The overall world happiness has fallen over the past few years, which has mostly been fuelled by a sustained drop in India, which came in 140th place this year compared with 133rd place in 2018.
  • There has been an increase in negative emotions, including worry, sadness and anger.
  • Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world for the second year in succession. The Nordic nation is followed by Denmark, Norway, Iceland and The Netherlands.
  • Pakistan is ranked 67th, Bangladesh 125th and China is place at 93rd, according to the report.

People in war-torn South Sudan are the most unhappy with their lives, followed by Central African Republic (155), Afghanistan (154), Tanzania (153) and Rwanda (152).

Human Development Index (HDI):

  • It is released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • The standard of living measured by the gross national income (GNI) per capita
  • Health measured by the life expectancy at birth
  • Education levels calculated by mean years of education among the adult population and the expected years of schooling for children.
  • India has moved one spot up in 2018 in the human development index (HDI) to 130 from 131 last year 2017.

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