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.
The bright side of Pakistan economy
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In a corruption-riddled world, Pakistan is better than one-third countries: TI
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Pakistan beats India in economic freedom ranking
It’s the economy, stupid
People in richer countries tend to be happier. Source: Max Roser/ OneWorld
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)
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China’s world-reshaping One Belt, One Road (OBOR)
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:
2015 Pakistan ranked 81 in happy country list
2014 Finally, a happy country index where Pakistan scores better than US, UK
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What to expect in Pakistan in 2017
Back to the future: Pakistan in 2050
Wali on Pakistan of future
Long Term Orientation in Pakistan: from Zero to 50 in 2 years
Pakistani culture through 6-D Model
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How we messed up Pakistan: A series by Wali
Pakistan’s two value crimes no one talks about
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