The Happiest Country in the World is… (Guess Malaysia & Singapore Ranks)

The World Happiness Report was released to coincide with the United Nation’s International Day of Happiness on 20 March. The report measures how happy the people are and why.

There are 6 key variables that was taken into consideration which are GDP per capita, Healthy years of life expectancy, Social support (as measured by having someone to count on in times of trouble), Trust (as measured by a perceived  absence of corruption in government and business), perceived freedom to make life decisions and Generosity (as measured by recent  donations).

So where does Malaysia and Singapore rank?

NoCountryNoCountryNoCountry
1Norway56South Korea111Namibia
2Denmark57Romania112Kenya
3Iceland58Bolivia113Mozambique
4Switzerland59Turkmenistan114Myanmar
5Finland60Kazakhstan115Senegal
6Netherlands61North Cyprus116Zambia
7Canada62Slovenia117Iraq
8New Zealand63Peru118Gabon
9Australia64Mauritius119Ethiopia
10Sweden65Cyprus120Sri Lanka
11Israel66Estonia121Armenia
12Costa Rica67Belarus122India
13Austria68Libya123Mauritania
14United States69Turkey124Congo
15Ireland70Paraguay125Georgia
16Germany71Hong Kong126Congo
17Belgium72Philippines127Mali
18Luxembourg73Serbia128Ivory Coast
19United Kingdom74Jordan129Cambodia
20Chile75Hungary130Sudan
21UAE76Jamaica131Ghana
22Brazil77Croatia132Ukraine
23Czech Republic78Kosovo133Uganda
24Argentina79China134Burkina Faso
25Mexico80Pakistan135Niger
26Singapore81Indonesia136Malawi
27Malta82Venezuela137Chad
28Uruguay83Montenegro138Zimbabwe
29Guatemala84Morocco139Lesotho
30Panama85Azerbaijan140Angola
31France86Dominican Republic141Afghanistan
32Thailand87Greece142Botswana
33Taiwan88Lebanon143Benin
34Spain89Portugal144Madagascar
35Qatar90Bosnia & Herzegovinian145Haiti
36Colombia91Honduras146Yemen
37Saudi Arabia92Macedonia147South Sudan
38Trinidad & Tobago93Somalia148Liberia
39Kuwait94Vietnam149Guinea
40Slovakia95Nigeria150Togo
41Bahrain96Tajikistan151Rwanda
42Malaysia97Bhutan152Syria
43Nicaragua98Kyrgyzstan153Tanzania
44Ecuador99Nepal154Burundi
45El Salvador100Mongolia155Central Africa
46Poland101South Africa
47Uzbekistan102Tunisia
48Italy103Palestine
49Russia104Egypt
50Belize105Bulgaria
51Japan106Sierra Leone
52Lithuania107Cameroon
53Algeria108Iran
54Latvia109Albania
55Moldova110Bangladesh

From the report Singapore rank 26 while Malaysia rank 42. Not too bad for Malaysia although there are still many rooms to grow.

Apparently although China is getting wealthier, it seems their citizens are not as happy (rank 79) as other develop countries.  The one that caught me surprise was Palestine, apparently their citizens are happier than Egypt, Iran, Bangladesh and India.

What do you think? Is Happiness an important criteria to be included as measurement of a country’s well being apart from just Wealth?

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