Indians are unhappy. India ranks 126th out of the world’s happiest nations!

As part of the International Day of Happiness celebrations, the World Happiness Report has been released on March 20 every year since 2012. According to the report, Finland is the happiest country in the world for the seventh time.

How is the ‘World Happiness Report’ calculated?

People provide data on their level of happiness worldwide, and this report ranks every nation on the planet using that data. As a result, the six primary variables that determine happiness are social support, income, health, freedom, generosity, and the lack of corruption.

Income is calculated based on GDP per capita. It also provides information about the size of a country’s economy and how the economy is performing. In this, the scores are given and ranked with 0 being the worst and 10 being the best.

The report’s core groups include Gallup, the Oxford Wellbeing Research Centre, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and the WHR’s editorial board.

Indian people are not happy!

According to the World Happiness Report 2024, India is ranked 126th out of 143 nations. India is behind its neighbors, including China (60), Nepal (93), Pakistan (108), and Myanmar (118). This demonstrates how backward India is. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka take up places 129 and 128, respectively.

Similarly, India ranks 127th in the list of happiest countries for Younger Age Group Below 30 and 121st in the list of happiest countries for Seniors (Age 60 and Above). By this, it is clear that the old people are happier in India than the young people. Further analyzing the data by age, the study also says that the Lower middle-age groups are the least happy in India.

Compared to those with no formal education and Scheduled Castes/Tribes, seniors in India with secondary or higher education and upper caste seniors have higher life satisfaction (Life Satisfaction).

Afghanistan is at the bottom of the list:

For the seventh consecutive year, Finland has topped the list of the happiest nations in the world. Other countries in the top ten are Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Australia.

Afghanistan is still at the bottom of the list despite going through several crises since the Taliban retook power in 2020. The United States and Germany fell out of the top 20 happiest nations for the first time in ten years, ranking 23rd and 24th, respectively.

Moreover, none of the most populous nations often appear on lists of the happiest nations. The only nations in the top 10 with more than 15 million population are Australia and the Netherlands!


World Happiness Report 2024

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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