World Happiness Report

News: The Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations released the World Happiness Report 2021, a day before the International Happiness Day. This year it focuses on the effects of Covid-19 and how people all over the world have fared.


  • The World Happiness Report ranks 149 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be.
  • The rankings are based on polling (Gallup World Poll) which looks at six variables:
  1. Gross Domestic Product Per Capita (Purchasing Power Parity).
  2. Social Support.
  3. Healthy life expectancy at birth.
  4. Freedom to make life choices.
  5. Perceptions of corruption.
  • Respondents are asked to rate their own current lives on a 0-10 scale.

Top Performers:

  • Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Followed by Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Norway.

Worst Performers:

  • Afghanistan (149) is the most unhappy country.
  • Followed by Zimbabwe (148), Rwanda (147), Botswana (146) and Lesotho (145).

India’s Neighbours:

  • Pakistan-105.
  • Bangladesh-101.
  • China-84.


  • India has been ranked 139, out of 149 countries evaluated.
  • In 2020, India was ranked 144 out of 156 countries surveyed.