Finland tops 2023 World Happiness Ranking, Israel leads in Asia while HK ranked 82nd place

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Finland has been rated as the happiest country globally.

30th March 2023 – (Helsinki) In its latest report, RankingRoyals has released the 2023 World Happiness Ranking, revealing Finland as the happiest country globally, followed by Denmark, Iceland, Israel, and the Netherlands. The report evaluated 137 countries based on six criteria, including healthy life expectancy, GDP per capita, social support, freedom to make your own decisions, absence of corruption, and charitable giving.

Finland has been rated as the happiest country globally, with a score of 7.804. This was followed by Denmark, Iceland, Israel, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and New Zealand, rounding out the top 10 happiest countries worldwide.

Taiwan secured the 27th position with a score of 6.535, while China was ranked at 64th place with a score of 5.818. Hong Kong, with a score of 5.308, secured the 82nd position on the list.

The report also highlights Israel’s performance in Asia, taking the lead with a score of 7.473, followed by Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Taiwan. However, China only managed to secure the 15th position in the continent, trailing behind Kyrgyzstan.

The rankings were determined based on self-reported answers of individuals living in the respective countries, and the scores were calculated based on a three-year average from 2020-22. Finland secured the top spot with a score of 7.804, attributed to its strong performance in social support, healthy life expectancy, and freedom to make life decisions. Denmark secured the second position with a score of 7.645, followed closely by Iceland with a score of 7.57.

The report also highlights the 10 least happy countries globally, with Afghanistan taking the last spot at 137th, followed by Lebanon, Sierra Leone, and Zimbabwe. The remaining countries, including Congo, Botswana, Malawi, Comoros, Tanzania, and Zambia, are all from Africa, except for Afghanistan.

The report’s findings shed light on the significant impact of social support, healthy life expectancy, and the freedom to make life decisions on a country’s happiness level. The rankings serve as a reminder to governments and policymakers worldwide to prioritize these factors when formulating policies and addressing the well-being of their citizens.

Overall, the 2023 World Happiness Ranking showcases the ongoing efforts of various countries in promoting happiness and well-being among their citizens. With Finland topping the charts and Israel leading in Asia, the report serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for other countries to follow suit and prioritise their citizens’ happiness and well-being.