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UN Announces World's Happiest Countries List: Finland Retains First Position

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Published on March 20, 2024, 13:58:19

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UN, world happiest country, Finland,

The innate desire for happiness is inherent in every individual, travelling through various cultures and heritages. This process acts as a crucial instrument for governments, policymakers and institutions, enabling a comprehensive grasp of the elements that influence citizen satisfaction.

In celebration of World Happiness Day, the UN has unveiled its list of the world's happiest countries.

Finland proudly retains its title as the world's happiest country for the seventh consecutive year. This recognition comes as part of the UN-sponsored index, an annual ranking of global happiness levels.

For the first time since the report was published more than a decade ago, the United States and Germany were not among the 20 happiest nations.

The report examines six factors affecting life satisfaction: wealth (GDP per capita), social connections, health, freedom, generosity, and minimal corruption.

Additionally, Nordic countries kept their places among the 10 most cheerful, with Denmark, Iceland and Sweden trailing Finland.

Notably, Kuwait is the happiest country in the Gulf region, securing an impressive 13th position worldwide. This marks Kuwait's debut in the global top 20, showcasing a remarkable leap from its previous rank of 50th.

Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) maintains its status of relative contentment, climbing to the 21st position from last year's 26th. This positive shift underscores the ongoing happiness trends within the Emirates.

India currently holds the 126th position among 146 countries in the World Happiness Report, with a happiness score of 4.054.

This places India among the nations with lower levels of happiness globally. Notably, India's ranking in the happiness index falls behind that of neighbouring countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh, and China.

As nations worldwide celebrate the pursuit of happiness, these rankings offer insights into the factors contributing to overall well-being on both a global and regional scale.

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