India ranks 118th out of 156 countries on happiness index: United Nations report

Posted on:17 Mar 2016 09:57:46
India ranks 118th out of 156 countries on happiness index: United Nations report
17 March 2016 Current Affairs: India ranks 118th out of 156 countries on a global list of the world's happiest nations, coming in behind China, Pakistan and Bangladesh, according to the United Nations' World Happiness Report (WHP) 2016. PTI reported that while Denmark displaced Switzerland at the top slot, Rwanda, Benin, Afghanistan, Togo, Syria and Burundi were the least happy countries this year.Top 10 countries are Denmark (1st), Switzerland (2nd), Iceland (3rd), Norway (4th) and Finland (5th), Canada (6th), Netherlands (7th), New Zealand (8th), Australia (9th) and Sweden (10th).Among BRICS: Brazil (17th), Russia (56th), China (83rd), South Africa (116th) and India (118th).India’s Neighbours: Nepal (78th), China (83rd), Bhutan (84th), Pakistan (104th), Bangladesh (110th), Sri Lanka (117th) and Afghanistan (154th). For the first time, the report has given a special role to the measurement and consequences of inequality in the distribution of well-being among countries and regions. Countries where there was less inequality were happier overall. Top five countries have strong social security systems.The report aims at influencing government policy and is prepared based upon study undertaken by Gallup World Poll. The World Happiness Index ranks nations based upon score of different variables on a scale running from 0 to 10. These variables include real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, corruption levels and social freedoms India was ranked 111th in 2013 and 117th in 2015.

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