Finland has been named the world’s happiest country for a fifth year running, in an annual UN-sponsored index. The report ranked Denmark in second place, with Switzerland, Iceland, and the Netherlands rounding up the top five happiest places in the world. The Finland ranked very high was on “the measures of mutual trust that helped protect lives and livelihood during the pandemic”.

What

  1. Published ever since 2012 by United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
  2. The World Happiness Report is based on people’s own assessment of their happiness, as well as economic and social data. For the World Happiness Report 2022, people across 149 countries were asked to rate their happiness.
  3. While Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia recorded the biggest boosts in wellbeing, the largest falls in the world happiness table came in Lebanon, Venezuela and Afghanistan.
  4. The latest list, which was compiled before the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, ranked Afghanistan as the unhappiest.
  5. India saw a marginal improvement in its happiness ranking, jumping up three spots to 136.
  6. The report points out that things got better for 22 countries. Several Asian countries fared better than they had in last year's rankings, while China moved to 84th place from 94th.
  7. The lesson of the World Happiness Report over the years is that social support, generosity to one another, and honesty in government are crucial for well-being.
  8. Key variables that contribute to explaining people’s life evaluations include GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom to make life choices and perceptions of corruption.