News Excerpt
The world happiness report for 2020 has put Finland on the top spot on the happiest country for the third consecutive year. India has dropped down four spots to 144th position in the happiness rankings as compared to its 2019 ranking.

Pre-Connect
•    The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. It ranks the citizens of 156 countries based on how happy they perceive themselves to be.
•    The World Happiness Report is a publication of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network every year.
•    Various factors that determine the happiness levels of a country include life expectancy, social support, income, freedom, trust, health and generosity, amongst others.
•    Although the World Happiness Reports have been based on a wide variety of data, the most important source has always been the Gallup World Poll, which is unique in the range and comparability of its global series of annual surveys.
•    The World Happiness Report 2020 for the first time ranks cities around the world by their subjective well-being and digs more deeply into how the social, urban and natural environments combine to affect our happiness.

Highlights
    This year the World Happiness Report focuses especially on the environment social, urban, and natural.
    India has dropped down four spots in the happiness rankings as compared to its 2019 ranking. In 2019, India was placed on 140th position, but this year its ranking went down to 144.
    Finland, for the third consecutive year, has topped this list. It is followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria and Luxemberg.
    Afghanistan has topped the list of the unhappiest countries of the world. It is followed by South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Central African Republic, Tanzania, Botswana, Yemen and Malawi.
    The immediate neighbours of India including Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are way ahead in the happiness rankings. In this report, Pakistan stands at 66th rank, China at 94, Nepal at 92, Bangladesh at 107 and Sri Lanka at 130, leaving India way behind.
    In the ranking of cities, Helsinki of Finland top the list followed by Aarhus of Denmark. Kabul of Afghanistan is at the last spot whereas Delhi got 180th position out of 186 cities surveyed.