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Posted On: 21 March 2019 04:23 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:20 pm

Climbing 3 ranks from last year, Qatar is now the 29th happiest country in the world!

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An annual ranking conducted by the United Nations Sustainable Solutions Network made public today (March 21, 2019), as seen in the 2019 World Happiness Report, that the State of Qatar is now the 29th happiest country in the world.

Jumping 3 ranks higher from last year (32nd), joining Qatar in the Top 30 are giants like Canada (9th), Australia (11th), and the United States (19th).

Finland topped the list of 156 countries which were determined by six key variables that support well-being including income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.

Two other Nordic countries came in second and third place, Denmark and Norway, respectively.

Here are five of the key takeaway points from the said happiness report:

  • Qatar scored the highest in the GDP per capita category out of the 156 countries
  • Finland snagged the top spot for two consecutive years
  • Only three Middle Eastern nations made it to the Top 30—Qatar, and blockading countries United Arab Emirates (21st) and Saudi Arabia (28th)
  • The US slipped one rank (19th) from last year's 18th
  • This year's 10 happiest countries are largely the same as last year's, with the exception of Austria supplanting Australia at 10th place.

Moreover, here's the standing of the Top 5 expat communities in Qatar on this year's happiness report:

  1. The Philippines - 69th
  2. Nepal - 100th
  3. Bangladesh - 125th
  4. Egypt - 137th
  5. India - 140th

On the other hand, South Sudanese were the 'unhappiest' with their lives, followed by Central African Republic (155th), Afghanistan (154th), Tanzania (153rd) and Rwanda (152nd).

It can be remembered that it was actually the prime minister of the tiny country of Bhutan who proposed a World Happiness Day to the United Nations back in 2011, which brought international attention to happiness as a metric. Bhutan came in 95th place (up two spots from last year) in this year's report.

To know the 12 reasons why Qatar is a happy place to live in, click HERE!

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