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Despite Political, Pandemic Crisis, Nepal Shines as ‘Happiest’ in South Asia!

Nepal stood atop all its South Asian peers with a happiness index of 5.269.
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Despite Political, Pandemic Crisis, Nepal Shines as ‘Happiest’ in South Asia!

Though the coronavirus pandemic and political turmoil have been causing ruckus across the country for a pretty long time, Nepal has managed to stand as the happiest country in South Asia.

According to The World Happiness Report 2021 published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Nepal has stood atop all its South Asian peers with a happiness index of 5.269.

Nepal ranked 87 out of 149 countries, up by five positions compared to 2020’s 92nd position.

 

Among the South Asian countries, Afghanistan lags at the bottom of the table with a happiness index of 2.523. Ranking 149 out of 149 countries, Afghanistan is reported to be the least happy country globally.

Nepal’s northern neighbor China stood at the 84th position while southern neighbor India ranked 139th on the list.

Likewise, Pakistani citizens were happier than that of Indian as Pakistan ranks 105th on the list.

Happiest Countries Report

List of SAARC Happiest Countries

Rank Country Points
87 Nepal 5.269
89 Maldives 5.189
101 Bangladesh 5.025
105 Pakistan 4.934
129 Sri Lanka 4.325
139 India 3.819
149 Afghanistan 2.523

Meanwhile, Finland has again proved to be the happiest nation globally, garnering 7.842 points compared to 2020’s 7.809.

Top 10 Happiest Countries

Rank Country Points
1 Finland 7.842
2 Denmark 7.620
3 Switzerland 7.571
4 Iceland 7.554
5 Netherlands 7.464
6 Norway 7.392
7 Sweden 7.363
8 Luxembourg 7.324
9 New Zealand 7.277
9 Austria 7.268

Happiness and Least Happy Countries

Top 10 Least Happy Countries

Rank Country Points
140 Burundi 3.775
141 Yemen 3.658
142 Tanzania 3.623
143 Haiti 3.615
144 Malawi 3.600
145 Lesotho 3.512
146 Botswana 3.467
147 Rwanda 3.415
148 Zimbabwe 3.145
149 Afghanistan 2.523

The measure of a country’s happiness is based on various barometers, including Gross Domestic Product (GDP), social support, generosity, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, dystopia, and perceptions of corruption.

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