Finland has led the rankings of the world’s happiest countries for the fifth year in a row, according to the United Nations’ World Happiness Report. This year’s World Happiness Index ranks 146 countries, according to the 10th edition World Happiness Report.
The report, published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network two days before the annual International Day of Happiness (March 18), ranks 150 countries (146 in 2022) on factors such as personal well-being, GDP, life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, and perceptions of corruption.
The World Happiness Index is built on two major ideas: determining essential components that impact well-being and life evaluation across countries and measuring happiness or life evaluation through opinion polls.
The list, now in its tenth year, assigns a score on a range of 0 to 10 based on a three-year average of data.
India improved three points to 136th place in the Happiness Index. In last year’s World Happiness Report, it was rated 139th.
Only Austria dropped out of the top ten countries in 2021, according to the newest rankings; the remaining nine countries have moved up and down. Afghanistan, on the other hand, was classified as the unhappiest country, followed by Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Botswana.
20 happiest countries in the world:
5. The Netherlands
10. New Zealand
16. United States
17. United Kingdom
18. Czech Republic