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UN World Happiness Report- 2020

  • 21 Mar 2020
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The Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations released the World Happiness Report on 20th March, 2020.

  • March 20 was designated as the World Happiness Day by the UN General Assembly in 2012.

About the World Happiness Report

  • The World Happiness Report ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be.
  • The rankings are based on polling (Gallup World Poll) which looks at six variables: GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption.
  • The 2020 Report for the first time ranked cities around the world by their subjective well-being and looked into how the social, urban and natural environments combine to affect happiness.

Highlights From the Report

  • Top Performers
    • Finland is ranked as the world’s happiest nation for the third consecutive year.
    • Nordic states dominated the top 10, along with countries such as Switzerland, New Zealand and Austria.
    • Luxembourg edged into the 10th spot for the first time this year.
  • Worst Performers
    • The countries at the bottom are those afflicted by violent conflicts and extreme poverty, with Zimbabwe, South Sudan and Afghanistan classified as the world’s least happy nations.
  • India’s Performance
    • India, previously ranked at 140 dropped to 144.
    • Its rank is way lower than its neighbours. Nepal is ranked 92, Pakistan is at 66, Bangladesh at 107 and Sri Lanka at 130.
    • India is a new entrant to the bottom-fifteen group.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network

  • The SDSN, launched in 2012, mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • It was established under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary-General.
  • The SDSN and the Bertelsmann Stiftung have been publishing the annual SDG Index & Dashboards Global Report since 2016.


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