World Happiness Report 2023

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India has been ranked at the 126th place among 146 countries in the recently released World Happiness Report.

About World Happiness Report:

  • It is an annual publication of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).
  • It is based on global survey data from people in more than 150 countries.
  • It is based on people's own assessment of their happiness, as well as economic and social data.
  • The report considers six key factors: social support, income, health, freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption.
  • It assigns a happiness score based on an average of data over a three-year period.
  • Highlights of World Happiness Report 2023:
    • Finland has been named the happiest country in the world for the sixth consecutive year.
    • India is ranked 126, ten places higher than its ranking of 136 in 2022. It remains below most neighboring counties, including Pakistan (108) and Sri Lanka (112).

What is the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)?

  • It was launched in 2012  under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General.
  • SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.


Q1) What are Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

Source: Finland Tops World Happiness Report, India's Ranking Is...