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.

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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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Life satisfaction index OECD 2014/15

Most Satisified
1 Switzerland
2 Denmark

Least Satisfied

Some other indices on Pakistan

Pakistani nationality ranks second least valuable in the world

Pakistan 20th most powerful in 2017 ranking of best countries

Pakistan 11th strongest military in the world

Pakistan ranks 11th worst in Global Hunger Index

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Nuclear warheads down worldwide, up in South Asia

Pakistan among top 10 global improvers in World Bank’s 2017 Doing Business rankings

Pakistan at rock bottom in Human Capital Index

Pakistan world’s 14th most fragile country

Pakistan ranks 5th in terrorism-affected countries list

Will Pakistan risk falling behind when S Asia ups economic game

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

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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.

  • Shabana

    Extremely useful data based on ground realities in Pakistan !