India behind China, Pak, Bangladesh in happiness quotient, Denmark ranks first

Mar 18, 2016, 07:23 IST | Agencies

New York: India did not make any improvement in its happiness quotient, ranking 118th out of 156 countries in a global list of the happiest nations, down one slot fromlast year on the index and coming behind China, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

India ranked 118th, down from 117th in 2015. The report said that India was among the group of 10 countries witnessing the largest happiness declines along with Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen and Botswana. India comes below nations like Somalia (76), China (83), Pakistan (92), Iran (105), Palestinian Territories (108) and Bangladesh (110). India had ranked 111th in 2013.

Denmark takes the top spot as the happiest country in the world, displacing Switzerland, according to The World Happiness Report 2016, published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative for the United Nations.

The report takes into account GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices as indicators of happiness. Switzerland was ranked second on the list, followed by Iceland (3), Norway (4) and Finland (5) The US is ranked 13th, coming behind Australia (9) and Israel (11). Rwanda, Benin, were the least happiest countries.

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