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India ranks below Pakistan, Nepal among world’s happiest countries

India ranked a lowly 122 on a list of the world’s happiest countries, dropping four slots from last year. (File Photo: AFP)

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.

Nations such as China (79), Pakistan (80), Nepal (99), Bangladesh (110), Iraq (117) and Sri Lanka (120) fared better than India on the ranking. Norway ranks as the happiest country in the world, according to The World Happiness Report 2017, which ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels.

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.

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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.

This year the report gives special attention to the social foundations of happiness, including happiness at workplace. 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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Last Update: Tuesday, 21 March 2017 KSA 15:10 - GMT 12:10
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