The Hanoitimes - Among Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam stood behind Singapore at 34th, Thailand 52nd, the Philippines 69th, Malaysia 80th and Indonesia 92nd, while China’s ranking was 93rd.
Vietnam is ranked 94th in terms of happiness among 156 countries and territories in the 2016 – 2018 period, up one notch compared to the previous ranking, according to United Nations’ latest 2019 World Happiness Report.
The ranking is based on six key variables, including GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption.
Top 10 countries in the World Happiness Report. Source: World Happiness Report.
Among Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam stood behind Singapore at 34th, Thailand 52nd, the Philippines 69th, Malaysia 80th and Indonesia 92nd, while China’s ranking was 93rd.
Finland remained at the top spot of the list, unchanged from last year’s ranking, followed by other Nordic countries, including Denmark at the second place and Norway the third place, while the US stood at 19th.
At the bottom of the list was South Sudan, along with countries in the conflict zones, such as Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Yemen and Syria.
This is the 7th World Happiness Report. The first was released in April 2012 in support of a UN High level meeting on “Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm”.
That report presented the available global data on national happiness and reviewed related evidence from the emerging science of happiness, showing that the quality of people’s lives can be coherently, reliably, and validly assessed by a variety of subjective well-being measures, collectively referred to then and in subsequent reports as “happiness.”