With a happiness score of 5.132 out of 10, Pakistan has been ranked 92nd happiest country among 157 countries studied, according to the United Nations World Happiness Report 2016.
Pakistan ranking fell from 81 in the 2015 index. Our score then was: 5.194.
With a score of 7.526, Denmark was ranked the happiest country on earth while Burundi in Africa with 2.905 score was ranked the least-happy country.
The Report measures well-being in countries around the world to help guide public policy.
According to a report, being happy seems to rely on at least six main factors:
- being mindful and allowing ourselves to feel “captured” by emotions like awe or joy
- access to necessary material resources
- stimulating work and decent work conditions
- personal freedoms
- good governance
- strong social ties and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends
The happiness score is measured with six key factors, key in graphic above and below. Each colour represents one of the six key factors.
Pakistan: The brighter side:
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.
Pakistan at No 92 is behind its neighbour China (No 83, with a score of 5.245) but ahead of its other South Asia neighbours:
105 Iran (4.813)
110 Bangladesh (4.643)
117 Sri Lanka (4.415)
118 India (4.404)
154 Afghanistan (3.360)
Life satisfaction index OECD 2014/15
Some other indices on Pakistan
Here are the 10 happiest countries, with Denmark topping the list:
Here are the 10 least-happy countries, with Burundi topping the list:
You can download the full World Happiness 2016 report here.
Our earlier Happy Country reports on Pakistan:
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