Finland maintained its No. 1 spot because the world’s happiest nation within the United Nations’ World Happiness Report launched Friday, whereas the Philippines positions slide to No. 74 from No. 42.
For the fourth yr in a row, the Nordic nation has topped the index, which ranks practically all nations based mostly on quite a lot of elements.
Rounding out the 2020 High 10, so as, are Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Norway, New Zealand and Austria.
America got here in at No. 14 and its neighbor, Canada, was No. 15.
The ten least blissful nations among the many 95 evaluated in 2020 had been, from backside, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Jordan, India, Cambodia, Benin, Myanmar, Namibia, Egypt, and Kenya.
Researchers with the United Nations’ Sustainable Growth Options Community evaluated 95 nations this yr and people on the prime had been discovered to have excessive values in six classes of well-being — earnings, wholesome life expectancy, social assist, freedom, belief and generosity. The report sometimes evaluates about 150 nations annually, however the Gallup World Ballot — which is closely relied upon within the evaluations — was unable to conduct face-to-face interviews in lots of nations as a result of pandemic.
The researchers stated nations confronted challenges over the previous yr as a result of results of the coronavirus illness 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic on many aspects of life. A number of nations noticed important drops of their rankings, together with the United Arab Emirates (from 19 to 27), Bahrain (from 22 to 35), Malta (from 20 to 37), Mexico (from 23 to 46), El Salvador (from 31 to 61) and the Philippines (from 42 to 74).
“We want urgently to be taught from Covid-19,” stated Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Sustainable Growth Options Community.
“The pandemic reminds us of our world environmental threats, the pressing have to cooperate, and the difficulties of attaining cooperation in every nation and globally. The World Happiness Report 2021 reminds us that we should goal for wellbeing relatively than mere wealth, which will probably be fleeting certainly if we don’t do a a lot better job of addressing the challenges of sustainable growth,” he stated.
The World Happiness Report sometimes evaluates nations based mostly on three years of knowledge, however this yr launched a rating solely for 2020 as a result of results of the pandemic. Based mostly on information from 2018 to 2020, the High 10 rating would have been, so as, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Austria.