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