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Pakistan again beats India in World Happiness Index

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

22nd Mar, 2020. 10:16 am
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World Happiness Index

Despite of the deadly coronavirus fears in the country, Pakistan is among the gainers in World Happiness Index report.

From last year’s jump of eight points, stood at 67th, Pakistan yet again refuse to give up on their happiness and jumped one point, standing at 66 points this year.

On top of the charts is Finland rated as high as 7.809 points for the third consecutive year with Denmark (7.646) and Switzerland (7.560) at the no 2 and 3 spots, respectively.

Followed by Iceland (7.504) and Norway (7.488), completing the top five positions in the ranking.

On the other hand, India has recorded a worrisome fall in its position in the World Happiness Index index again.

Ranked 144, India is way behind Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

India has dropped down four spots in the happiness rankings as compared to its 2019 ranking. In 2019, India placed on 140 position while in in 2018, India placed on 133 position. The position went up to 122 in 2017 but again it saw a steep fall.

“The happiest countries are those where people feel a sense of belonging, where they trust and enjoy each other and their shared institutions,” John Helliwell, one of the authors of the report, said in a statement.

“There also more resilience, because shared trust reduces the burden of hardships, and thereby lessens the inequality of well-being,” he added.

According to the report, the countries at the bottom of the list were those hit by violence and poverty.

Zimbabwe, South Sudan, and Afghanistan have been classified as the least happy countries in the world.

The data for this year’s World Happiness Report collected in 2018 and 2019. The authors of the report believe that lockdown in many countries can boost happiness in the future.

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