World Happiness Report 2019

World Happiness Report 2019

  • The United Nations has released the World Happiness Report 2019.

  • Finland was declared as the happiest country second time in a row.

  • USA ranked at 19th position despite being one of the richest countries.

  • India ranked 140th position seven place down from the last year.

  • Sudan’s people were most unhappy with their lives.

World Happiness Report

  • The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be.
  • It is released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations by the UN General Assembly.
  • It ranks the countries of the world on the basis of questions primarily from the Gallup World Poll.


WHR is measured on 14 parameters:

  • (1) business & economic,
    (2) citizen engagement,
    (3) communications & technology,
    (4) diversity (social issues),
    (5) education & families,
    (6) emotions (well-being),
    (7) environment & energy,
    (8) food & shelter,
    (9) government and politics,
    (10) law & order (safety),
    (11) health,
    (12) religion and ethics,
    (13) transportation, and
    (14) work.

What it shows?

  • Experiences from several nations confirm that the countries with higher GDP and higher per capita income are not necessarily the happiest countries and there exists a link between the state of happiness and rule of law.

  • The World Happiness Report offers the world’s governments and individuals the opportunity to rethink public policies and individual life choices, to raise happiness and well-being.