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Singapore is happiest nation in Southeast Asia

The World Happiness Report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, ranks countries on income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.


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Updated: March 16, 2018

Finland has emerged as the happiest nation in the world in the sixth World Happiness Report.

Norway, which topped the list last year, finished second in the 2018 report, followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland.

The report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, ranks countries on six key variables –  income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.

The 2018 report focuses on migration within and between countries and was released on March 14, a week ahead of the World Happiness Day. It surveyed 156 countries for their happiness levels, and 117 countries to determine the happiness of immigrants.

In Asia, Israel finished first occupying the 11th spot, while United Arab Emirates came second at rank 20, followed by Qatar (32) and Saudi Arabia (33).

In Southeast Asia, Singapore was found to be the happiest nation at rank 34, followed by  Malaysia (35) and Thailand (46).

China is lagging behind its Asian neighbours at 86 in the happiness quotient, while its fellow billion citizen peer, India is seemingly even more unhappy at rank 133.

Among other Asian nations, Mongolia was ranked at 94, Vietnam at 95, Indonesia, 96, Bhutan – which was once the happiest – at 97, Nepal at 101, Laos, 110, Bangladesh, 115, Sri Lanka, 116, Cambodia, 120 and Myanmar, 130.



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Lamat R Hasan
About the Author: Lamat is an Associate Editor at Asia News Network.

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