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:

  1. being mindful and allowing ourselves to feel “captured” by emotions like awe or joy
  2. access to necessary material resources
  3. stimulating work and decent work conditions
  4. personal freedoms
  5. good governance
  6. 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:

Harvard predicts Pakistan GDP to grow by 5% over next 10 years

Pakistan is the world’s fastest-growing Muslim economy: The Economist

Pakistan GDP set to grow by 5.3% by 2020: IMF

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

Bloomberg on Pakistan’s economic revival, construction boom

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

Pakistan petrol prices 18th lowest in the world

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)

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

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects pick up pace

China’s world-reshaping One Belt, One Road (OBOR)

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Pakistan is now world’s 40th largest economy

Pakistan to upgrade to emerging-market status

It’s the economy, stupid


Life satisfaction index OECD 2014/15

Most Satified
1 Switzerland
2 Denmark

Least Satisfied

Some other indices on Pakistan

Pakistani nationality ranks second least valuable in the world

Pakistan 11th strongest military in the world

Everything about Pakistan’s competitiveness – in 10 photos

Nuclear warheads down worldwide, up in South Asia

In World Bank’s 2016 Doing Business Report, Pakistan ranks 138

Pakistan at rock bottom in Human Capital Index 2015

Pakistan world’s 14th most fragile country

Pakistan ranks 5th in terrorism-affected countries list

As S Asia ups economic game, Pakistan risks falling behind: WSJ. The question is why?

Pakistan #106 in Good Country Index

Here are the 10 happiest countries, with Denmark topping the list:

1 Denmark (7.526)
2 Switzerland (7.509)
3 Iceland (7.501)
4 Norway (7.498)
5 Finland (7.413)
6 Canada (7.404)
7 Netherlands (7.339)
8 New Zealand (7.334)
9 Australia (7.313)
10 Sweden (7.291)

Here are the 10 least-happy countries, with Burundi topping the list:

148 Madagascar (3.695)
149 Tanzania (3.666)
150 Liberia (3.622)
151 Guinea (3.607)
152 Rwanda (3.515)
153 Benin (3.484)
154 Afghanistan (3.360)
155 Togo (3.303)
156 Syria (3.069)
157 Burundi (2.905)

You can download the full World Happiness 2016 report here.

Our earlier Happy Country reports on Pakistan:

2015 Pakistan ranked 81 in happy country list

2014 Finally, a happy country index where Pakistan scores better than US, UK

Also: Is there a link between money and happiness?


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  • Awais Ahmad

    Sir, In this article you mentioned India is 107th on the index, while India in the original report is at 118th position, please review.

    • Wali Zahid

      Thank you Awais. It was a typo. Corrected.