Happiness Index

Where in Asia are people the happiest?

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Map of the happiness index in Asia

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The World Happiness Report, gives us an idea of how content people are with their quality of life. In this year’s report, there is an extra emphasis on how COVID-19 is affecting people’s life. The report finds that COVID-19 hasn’t had much of an impact on people’s long-term happiness. Compared to the 2020 report, there hasn’t been much change.

The report ranks 149 countries based on several metrics like, gross domestic product per person, healthy life expectancy and the opinions of residents. Respondents are asked for instance to indicate on a 1-10 scale how much freedom they have to make their own life choices, how much social support they feel they have if something goes wrong, their freedom to make their own life choices, how generous they are and their sense of how corrupt their society is.

As we can see, most of Asia receives a mediocre score between 4.5 and 6. Afghanistan has the lowest score in Asia, 2.5. Which is also the lowest score globally. On the other end, we see only 4 countries that receive a score of 6.5 or higher: Israel (7.2), Taiwan (6.6), UAE (6.6) and Saudi Arabia (6.5).

The highest ranking country globally is Finland (7.8). Most of the top 10 consist of Northern European countries. The highest scoring Asian country, Israel, ranks 12th globally. Taiwan, the UAE and Saudi Arabia rank 24th, 25th and 26th globally.

The World Happiness Report is a publication of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, powered by data from the Gallup World Poll and Lloyd’s Register Foundation, who provided access to the World Risk Poll. The 2021 Report includes data from the ICL-YouGov Behaviour Tracker as part of the COVID Data Hub from the Institute of Global Health Innovation.

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