India ranks a low 122 among world’s happiest countries; Pakistan, Nepal fare better

Nations such as China (79), Pakistan (80), Nepal (99), Bangladesh (110), Iraq (117) and Sri Lanka (120) fared better than India on the ranking.

By: PTI | United Nations | Updated: March 21, 2017 11:31 am
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India ranked a lowly 122 on a list of the world’s happiest countries, dropping four slots from last year and coming behind China, Pakistan and Nepal. Norway ranks as the happiest country in the world, according to The World Happiness Report 2017, which ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels. Norway jumped three spots from last year, displacing Denmark, which had held the top spot for three out of the past four years.

India comes in on the 122nd spot, down from 118 in the 2013-2015 report, which maps happiness on the parameters of GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perceptions of corruption.

Nations such as China (79), Pakistan (80), Nepal (99), Bangladesh (110), Iraq (117) and Sri Lanka (120) fared better than India on the ranking.

The report was released here today at an event celebrating International Day of Happiness. It is the fifth report to come out since 2012.

“The World Happiness Report continues to draw global attention around the need to create sound policy for what matters most to people — their well-being,” said Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network that produced the report.

“As demonstrated by many countries, this report gives evidence that happiness is a result of creating strong social foundations. It’s time to build social trust and healthy lives, not guns or walls. Let’s hold our leaders to this fact,” he said.

Rounding out the rest of the top ten in order were Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden. The US ranked 14th, dropping down one spot from last year, the report said.

Despite recent declines in oil prices, oil-rich Norway still moved into the top spot, illustrating once more that high happiness depends on much more than income, it said.

This year the report gives special attention to the social foundations of happiness, including happiness at workplace.

“People tend to spend the majority of their lives working, so it is important to understand the role that employment and unemployment play in shaping happiness,” said Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve of the University of Oxford.

He said research reveals that happiness differs considerably across employment status, job type, and industry sectors.

“People in well paid roles are happier, but money is only one predictive measure of happiness. Work-life balance, job variety and the level of autonomy are other significant drivers,” De Neve said.

The report also highlights the personal factors affecting happiness, saying “in rich countries the biggest single cause of misery is mental illness.”

The World Happiness Report 2017 looks at trends in the data recording how highly people evaluate their lives on a scale running from 0 to 10. The rankings, which are based on surveys in 155 countries covering the three years 2014-2016, reveal an average score of 5.3 (out of 10)

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    Abhinav Gour
    Mar 21, 2017 at 11:22 am
    Ache din ???? V
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      God
      Mar 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm
      Who decides these ic rankings and Why? I do not think we should take it seriously!
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        Comm.Y.K.
        Mar 21, 2017 at 7:46 am
        This is bogus ranking!!!!!! It is too high...... India should be ranked 193 at the bottom because all Sikulars,fake political parties, award returnees, academics, media,intellectuals,leftists ,Bollywood,minorities,smugglers, bootleggers,black marketeers,land mafia,Bogus NGOs,fake god men,and many more are unhappy with happy common people.
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          Laksh
          Mar 21, 2017 at 2:50 pm
          Indians don't need these scripted reports to ure ourselves. Only Indians know how happy or sad they are. In a country that is so heterogeneous, there are bound to be issues but Indians have what is called democracy and freedom to decide what they want to do with their lives and jobs. Who decides these stats and why, pray? What great difference will it make except for academic reading?
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            Shahid khan
            Mar 21, 2017 at 6:46 am
            Dear u must read comments from Rajendran PK,as a stani my favorite country is stan then India and Afghanistan and we must respect each other values,i reading your newspapers for years but your media dragging/compare stan in each case,why v pak and ind not compare ourselves with Europe and north america
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              Shahid khan
              Mar 21, 2017 at 5:31 am
              I am surprised India on 122, it should be on last as we all know their life and accommodations. No doubt stanis are the happiest on the planet forget the terrorism and explosions, and why you cheap Indians cannot digest something good for stan.
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                Shahid khan
                Mar 21, 2017 at 6:52 am
                Please no need to panic,India is far better than stan in many fields and you should accept this report too.
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                  Soundar
                  Mar 21, 2017 at 9:12 am
                  Even Iraq is better than India in happiness index means India is pesudo democratic country. Highest farmer death, petrol and diesel prices are highest, one of the most corrupt country, human rights violations etc. A shameless political administrators in India including Modi.
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                    SubbuI
                    Mar 21, 2017 at 8:54 am
                    INDIA'S RANK CAN GO LOWER IN UN HAPPINESS IF NALAYAK NMODI IS VOTED OUT OF POWER, ATLEAST SOME ONE ELSE MUST BECOME PM. AFTER 2019 GENERAL ELECTION.IT CAN BE YOGI ADITYANATH TOO. WE THINK EVEN WISE MEN FROM NAGPUR ALSO OF THE SAME OPENION AND HAVE OPTED FOR YOGI ADITYANATH AS UP CM. MODI IS ARROGANT AND HEAD STRONG TO THE DISCOMFORT OF RSS. INDIA RANK MOVED 6 POINTS AFTER MODI TAKE OVER. EVEN PEOPLE IN STHAN ARE MORE HAPPY THAN INDIA UNDER MODI
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                      callingspadeaspade
                      Mar 21, 2017 at 3:28 am
                      people who prepared this report may go and happily live in stan, for more happiness. good luck to them.
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                        amamitabh roy
                        Mar 21, 2017 at 5:47 am
                        An exporter and importer of terrorism, the worlds most reviled Islamic terror snakepit, I mean don't the few good people in stan feel ashamed to belong to this pariah state?
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                          Amjad Javaid
                          Mar 22, 2017 at 2:00 am
                          Hatred makes one miserable and unhappy. Seething hatred of stan and everything stani is making a great number of our Indian neighbours a very unhappy lot indeed. stanis may be going through a bad patch in their history but they are still managing a smile through the daily grind as opposed to our more 'successful' neighbour. What good is the success if it keeps your spirits low. Hate less, love more and let go of that historical badge of victimhood you keep lugging around on your shoulder.
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                            Anand
                            Mar 21, 2017 at 11:54 pm
                            When we have negative media giving false news daily. How can u be happy? All fragmented and exaggerated news about country and people. You can't live happily by reading those news.
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                              India First
                              Mar 21, 2017 at 8:41 am
                              Credit goes to cynical media. Not even one news channel shows happy motivating new...all are filled with biased political filth.
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                                Arif
                                Mar 21, 2017 at 5:20 am
                                Just how happy zindians are can be gauged from the tone and language of comments here. Would happy people froth at the mouth for being called unhappy or just smile? 😊
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                                  S Srinivasan
                                  Mar 21, 2017 at 5:51 am
                                  Just think of our brave Jawans,who tirelessly guard the glacier frontiers withoutlt;br/gt;proper food,clothing and shelters.So "Indian Express" feels that they are unhappylt;br/gt;while discharging their duties.See the poor drainage workers,risking their life:lt;br/gt;miners;workers in high raise buildings.They are all paid less but still they are happylt;br/gt;in our country.I think the editor of "Indian Express" lost his mind and publish suchlt;br/gt;useless articles.The westerners who started the useless Dracula movies with alt;br/gt;wicked motive,are continue spreading such false news.
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                                    vijay
                                    Mar 21, 2017 at 4:10 am
                                    Chasing money, power, greed and dissatisfaction with what we have got is the main cause for this mental affliction. Scamsters are fully occupied of thinking up scam and always looking over their shoulder dreading the famous tap by the police at the same time the victims of the scams (the people of India ) are worried about making ends meet. On top of that the haughty,arrogant and lazy babus also take their toll on our happiness.This explains why we are at the rock bottom of happiness index.lt;br/gt;and Bhutan is way at the top.
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                                      vijay
                                      Mar 21, 2017 at 4:30 am
                                      unfortunately IE may not agree with Bhutan's place in the happiness index.The self esteem and a sense of contentment are main cause of happiness. We are denied it by our system produced and prosecuted by the the different arms of our democracy.It is sad but true,in effect,we are still ruled by a system of democracy which is nothing short of an air brushed version of book of laws that ruled us up until 70 years ago.
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                                        AlsoIndian
                                        Mar 21, 2017 at 11:17 am
                                        We don't care about these things. If we have Ram Mandir, we can live without progress and prosperity. Elimination of poverty and hunger, employment, health care, women security and welfare, security etc. are only for those who don't believe in Ram. We believe in Hindutva supremacy and caste and we will die of hunger and famine, have stunted children, rapes, murders... magar "Mandir wahi banayenge". Saffron solution to all of India's problems = Divide, destroy and rule!
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                                          Ashish Biswas
                                          Mar 21, 2017 at 7:16 am
                                          Cannot trust these figures. India today is a far happier country today thanks to the present corrupt free Government.
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                                            Asif Sheikh
                                            Mar 21, 2017 at 1:16 pm
                                            Hahaha if you look behind the scenes, you will find that the congress has some links here. This cannot happen without interference because the situation on the ground is totally different from what this report represents
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