India's loses 7 spots in global list of happiest nations, ranks 140th

Clay Curtis
March 21, 2019

Except for its 10th place ranking for income, the U.S. doesn't rank in the top 10 on measures that make up a happy country in the United Nations report. West Africa ranked as the happiest African region in general with a total of 6 out of 10 countries. It examined factors including life expectancy, freedom, GDP and corruption.

That's partly explained by "dramatic falls" in happiness in population dense countries like the United States, Egypt and India, it said.

The data "offer the world's governments and individuals the opportunity to rethink public policies as well as individual life choices, to raise happiness and well-being", said Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. This is the second year in a row which has seen Finland take number one place.

With its continuing upward trend in average scores, Finland consolidated its hold on first place, ahead of an also-rising Denmark in second place.

When compared to last year's report, Malta remains in 22nd in place, and is ranked as the 12th happiest country in the European Union.

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Other notables included Australia (11), the United Kingdom (15), Germany (17), the USA (19), Mexico (23), Brazil (32), South Korea (54), Japan (58), Russian Federation (68), Nigeria (85), Indonesia (92), China (93) and India (140).

"Ranking high in happiness doesn't protect a country's people from violence or trauma, as the recent attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand show", wrote Hetter.

Central African Republic and Afghanistan also came at the bottom of the list.

"What stands out about the happiest and most well connected societies is their resilience and ability to deal with bad things", John F. Helliwell, one of the editors of the report, said. Emotions like worry, sadness and anger have increased throughout Asia and Africa in that same time.

Based on those variables, Nordic nations came up tops in being the happiest bunch.

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