New Straits Times - - Letters -

IRE­FER to the ar­ti­cle “Nor­way tops Den­mark” (NST, March 21). It is great to know that Malaysia is ranked the 42nd hap­pi­est coun­try among 155 coun­tries in the 2017 World Hap­pi­ness Re­port.

The sur­vey, con­ducted by the United Na­tions Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment So­lu­tions Net­work, stated that the hap­pi­est coun­tries are Nor­way, Den­mark, Ice­land, Switzer­land and Fin­land, a dom­i­na­tion by Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries.

In Asia, Sin­ga­pore is ranked the high­est, 22nd, fol­lowed by Thai­land at 33rd and Tai­wan at 35th.

At the bot­tom of the list are Syria and Afghanistan.

The in­dex is based on gross do­mes­tic prod­uct per capita, so­cial sup­port, healthy life ex­pectancy, free­dom to make life choices, gen­eros­ity and trust, or ab­sence of cor­rup­tion in gov­ern­ment and busi­ness as per­ceived by the pub­lic.

A re­port by The Eco­nomic Times says in­equal­ity is the main rea­son why the US and UK could

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