World Happiness Report Ranks Afghanistan as Saddest Country Among 150 Nations


The latest: According to the annual World Happiness Report, Afghanistan has been ranked as the saddest country in the world. For the sixth year in a row, Finland has been named the happiest country in the report, which ranks global happiness in more than 150 countries around the world.


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  • It is worth mentioning that after the Taliban’s rise to work in Afghanistan, the human rights and economic situation of Afghan citizens has deteriorated and a large number of families are concerned about this.
  • The dire humanitarian situation has caused the citizens of the country to face great difficulty.
  • Countries around the world and aid agencies have always complained about the current situation in Afghanistan, calling it alarming.
  • The ranking of the countries is based on data from six key factors: social support, income, health, freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.
  • The report is released every year on the occasion of International Day of Happiness on March 20 by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
  • In July 2012, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 20 as World Happiness Day. According to the UN, a country’s success must be judged by how happy its people are.
  • The report also determined which countries are the most unhappy around the world. War-torn Afghanistan and crisis-hit Lebanon remain the two unhappiest countries in the world, according to the survey.


Zoom out: The UAE is the happiest Arab country in the world, ranking in at 26.

  • Finland remains in the top position for the sixth year in a row. Lithuania is the only new country in the top twenty, up more than 30 places since 2017.
  • “The ultimate goal of politics and ethics should be human well-being,” said Jeffrey Sachs, president of SDSN and director of the Earth Institute’s Center for Sustainable Development. “The happiness movement shows that well-being is not a ‘soft’ and ‘vague’ idea but rather focuses on areas of life of critical importance: material conditions, mental and physical wealth, personal virtues, and good citizenship. We need to turn this wisdom into practical results to achieve more peace, prosperity, trust, civility – and yes, happiness – in our societies.”
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