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?

No Country No Country No Country
1 Norway 56 South Korea 111 Namibia
2 Denmark 57 Romania 112 Kenya
3 Iceland 58 Bolivia 113 Mozambique
4 Switzerland 59 Turkmenistan 114 Myanmar
5 Finland 60 Kazakhstan 115 Senegal
6 Netherlands 61 North Cyprus 116 Zambia
7 Canada 62 Slovenia 117 Iraq
8 New Zealand 63 Peru 118 Gabon
9 Australia 64 Mauritius 119 Ethiopia
10 Sweden 65 Cyprus 120 Sri Lanka
11 Israel 66 Estonia 121 Armenia
12 Costa Rica 67 Belarus 122 India
13 Austria 68 Libya 123 Mauritania
14 United States 69 Turkey 124 Congo
15 Ireland 70 Paraguay 125 Georgia
16 Germany 71 Hong Kong 126 Congo
17 Belgium 72 Philippines 127 Mali
18 Luxembourg 73 Serbia 128 Ivory Coast
19 United Kingdom 74 Jordan 129 Cambodia
20 Chile 75 Hungary 130 Sudan
21 UAE 76 Jamaica 131 Ghana
22 Brazil 77 Croatia 132 Ukraine
23 Czech Republic 78 Kosovo 133 Uganda
24 Argentina 79 China 134 Burkina Faso
25 Mexico 80 Pakistan 135 Niger
26 Singapore 81 Indonesia 136 Malawi
27 Malta 82 Venezuela 137 Chad
28 Uruguay 83 Montenegro 138 Zimbabwe
29 Guatemala 84 Morocco 139 Lesotho
30 Panama 85 Azerbaijan 140 Angola
31 France 86 Dominican Republic 141 Afghanistan
32 Thailand 87 Greece 142 Botswana
33 Taiwan 88 Lebanon 143 Benin
34 Spain 89 Portugal 144 Madagascar
35 Qatar 90 Bosnia & Herzegovinian 145 Haiti
36 Colombia 91 Honduras 146 Yemen
37 Saudi Arabia 92 Macedonia 147 South Sudan
38 Trinidad & Tobago 93 Somalia 148 Liberia
39 Kuwait 94 Vietnam 149 Guinea
40 Slovakia 95 Nigeria 150 Togo
41 Bahrain 96 Tajikistan 151 Rwanda
42 Malaysia 97 Bhutan 152 Syria
43 Nicaragua 98 Kyrgyzstan 153 Tanzania
44 Ecuador 99 Nepal 154 Burundi
45 El Salvador 100 Mongolia 155 Central Africa
46 Poland 101 South Africa
47 Uzbekistan 102 Tunisia
48 Italy 103 Palestine
49 Russia 104 Egypt
50 Belize 105 Bulgaria
51 Japan 106 Sierra Leone
52 Lithuania 107 Cameroon
53 Algeria 108 Iran
54 Latvia 109 Albania
55 Moldova 110 Bangladesh

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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