Pakistanis continue to be happier than Indians: UN report

ROME: Pakistanis are happier than Indians once again, according to findings of a United Nations-sanctioned report released on Wednesday.

Out of a total 157 countries that were evaluated, Pakistan came in at 92, while India was placed at 118. Both countries have slipped as last year’s rankings had Pakistan at 81 and India at 117.

Aiming to “survey the scientific underpinnings of measuring and understanding subjective well-being,” the report, now in its fourth edition, ranks countries by happiness levels using factors such as:

GDP per capita, healthy years of life expectancy, social support (as measured by having someone to count on in times of trouble), trust (as measured by a perceived absence of corruption in government and business), perceived freedom to make life decisions, and generosity (as measured by recent donations).

Differences in social support, incomes and healthy life expectancy are the three most important factors.

This time around, Denmark overtook Switzerland as the world’s happiest place.

The report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, urged nations regardless of wealth to tackle inequality and protect the environment.

-more at Dawn

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