Malaysia moves lp five spots in world’s hap­pi­est coun­try in­dex

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is now the 42nd hap­pi­est coun­try among 155 na­tions, ac­cord­ing to this year’s World Hap­pi­ness Re­port.

This lat­est rank­ing put Malaysia up five places from last year’s re­port.

Other neigh­bour­ing coun­tries which saw a more cheery plac­ing in­cluded Thai­land (from No. 33 to No. 32), Viet­nam (from 96th to 94th) and the Philip­pines (from No. 82 to No. 72).

Singapore ap­peared to be less de­lighted, fall­ing from 22nd place to 26th.

The top 10 hap­pi­est places re­mained some­what the same.

Nor­way, the Land of the Mid­night Sun, is right on top, fol­lowed by Den­mark, Ice­land and Switzer­land.

The re­port, which started in 2012, is pro­duced by the Sus­tain­able So­lu­tions Net­work and re­lies on data gath­ered by the Gallup World Poll.

“All of the top four coun­tries rank highly on all the main fac­tors found to sup­port hap­pi­ness: car­ing, free­dom, gen­eros­ity, hon­esty, health, in­come and good gover­nance,” the re­port said.

Coun­tries are ranked us­ing three­year av­er­ages of data col­lected with the lat­est re­port cov­er­ing 20142016.

Some 3,000 re­spon­dents from each coun­try were asked to rate their life eval­u­a­tions.

By the way, you may not want to be in Cen­tral African Repub­lic, Bu­rundi and Tan­za­nia.

These are the three un­hap­pi­est coun­tries in the world, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

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