Report: World Happiness Index
Released by: United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Date: March 15, 2018.
India was ranked 133rd in the World Happiness Index 2018 out of a total of 156 countries. In the South East Asia region, India ranked better than only war-ravaged Afghanistan. India also fell 11 places – it was placed 122 in 2017.
About happiness indexed 2018 ?
The UN index for happiness relies on several social and economic parameters to measure happiness. These are a) per capita GDP b) social security c) life expectancy d) social freedom e) generosity and f) absence of corruption. Happiness indexes have become more popular in recent times.
Academics have argued that the well being of people is not affected just by economics. Health and a feeling of the community have figured prominently in reasons people measure their happiness by.
Overall rankings of World Happiness Index 2018 :
Scandinavian countries continued to occupy the top spots, with Finland ranked the happiest. It was followed by Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia. The United States fell four places to 18th while the United Kingdom was ranked 19th this year. The bottom rungs were occupied by the African countries of South Sudan (154th), Central African Republic (155th) and Burundi (156th).
India’s rankings in World Happiness Index 2018 :
India’s showing on the happiness index has been consistently poor. Neighboring nations have outperformed it – China was ranked at 86, Pakistan at 75th, Nepal at 101 and Sri Lanka at 116. Even Myanmar that has seen violence against Rohingya minorities was ranked at 130th. The only country India outperformed was Afghanistan, that has seen an uptick in sectarian violence and was placed at 145th.
Quick Facts related to World Happiness Index 2018 :
- India was ranked 118th in 2016. Since then, it has slipped consistently in happiness rankings.
- The United States saw a drop in happiness despite a resurging economy. The factors influencing this were a growing perception of public corruption and a shrinking social security net.
- The WHR also noted that Indians were migrating to different parts of the world – the Middle East and Latin America were noted for growing status of immigrant Indians.