PH is 3rd happiest nation in Southeast Asia, 69th in the world

21 March, 2019, 09:24 | Author: Carlos George
  • Dutch move up to fifth in UN's World Happiness Report

According to the World Happiness Report 2019 released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) on March 20, The International Day of Happiness marked by the United Nations in 2013, Vietnam's score in happiness is 5.175, an increase compared to its score of 5.103 in last year's report.

Finland topped the list for the second consecutive year, followed by Denmark and Norway. -John F. Helliwell, economistFinland was followed by Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and the Netherlands, all of which were highly ranked past year as well.

At the other end of the happiness index was South Sudan in Africa. They include 12th place for generosity, 37th place for social support, 61st place for freedom and 42nd place for corruption.

The U.S.'s ranking in the survey slipped from 18 to 19, which researcher credit in large part to rampant "compulsive pursuit of substance abuse and addictive behaviors", including consumption of digital media and gambling.

"This year's report provides sobering evidence of how addictions are causing considerable unhappiness and depression in the USA", said professor Jeffrey Sachs, one of the report's authors.

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It came 15th while Ireland came in 16th place. Japan came in 58th place (down from 54th), Russian Federation came in 68th place (down from 59th) and China came in 93rd place (down from 86th).

The unhappiest nation was South Sudan, where the UN recently said 60 percent of people face food insecurity following a bloody civil war which has claimed the lives of an estimated 400,000 people.

Benin has made the most advances, moving up 50 places over the past 10 years while Venezuela, Syria and Botswana have fallen the most.

Based on those variables, Nordic nations came up tops in being the happiest bunch.

This marks a substantial decline for the country, with the report finding that there has been a steep drop in overall life satisfaction and happiness over the last decade.

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