World Happiness Report 2016

With a happiness score of 5.132, Pakistan has been ranked as the 92nd happiest country among the 157 countries studied, according to the World Happiness Report 2016, to be released on 20 March, the UN World Happiness Day.

With a score of 7.526, Denmark is the happiest country on earth while Burundi in Africa with 2.905 score is the unhappiest.

Pakistan ranking in 2013 and 2015 was 81. We dropped 11 places since the last report.

Good news: Pakistan is ahead of its South Asian neighbours.

Our earlier Happy Country report on Pakistan:

Pakistan ranked 81 in happy country list

Finally, a happy country index where Pakistan scores better than US, UK

Also: Is there a link between money and happiness?

Pakistan 92nd happiest country World Happiness Report 2016

How Pakistan (5.132) at No 92 compares with its South Asia neighbours:

83 China (5.245)

105 Iran (4.813)

117 Sri Lanka (4.415)

118 India (4.404)

110 Bangladesh (4.643)

154 Afghanistan (3.360)

Pakistan: The brighter side:

Forbes calls Pakistan the next Colombia success story, asks US to see beyond security lens

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects pick up pace

$46B China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: 15 years, 3 routes, 51 projects

$7.6B 1,800km TAPI gas pipeline to be operational in 2018

Bloomberg on Pakistan’s economic revival, construction boom

Next year, Pakistan may upgrade to emerging-market status: WSJ

Naya Pakistan: Travel from Pindi to Islamabad in 20¢ in wifi-ed AC bus

Rs 154B Orange Line Metro Train for Lahore

Green Line train from Islamabad to Karachi with free wifi

Groundbreaking of Karachi’s Green Line Bus project

No ordinary day as international cricket returns to Pakistan

Pakistan is enjoying a rare period of optimism: The Economist

Pakistan is less corrupt than last year. This is good news. What’s the bad news?

Pakistan 6th most populous country now and in 2050

Pakistan world’s least expensive country: World Bank

Pakistan petrol prices 18th lowest in the world

The top 10 happiest countries this year are:

Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.

The United States came in at 13, the United Kingdom at 23, France at 32 and Italy at 50.

The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness, says the website blurb.

The first report was published in 2012, the second in 2013, and the third in 2015.

The World Happiness Report 2016 Update, which ranks 157 countries by their happiness levels, was released today in Rome in advance of UN World Happiness Day, 20 March.

Leading experts across fields – economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, health, public policy and more – describe how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations.

The reports review the state of happiness in the world today and show how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness. They reflect a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness as a criteria for government policy.

You can download the full World Happiness Report 2016 here.

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