For the fourth consecutive year, a European country topped the list of the happiest countries, according to an annual report issued by the United Nations, on the occasion of the International Day of Happiness, Friday 19 March 2021, while most Arab countries gathered in the second half of the list.
According to L.World Happiness ReportFinland has been ranked as the happiest place to live in the world, and Denmark ranked second, followed by Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands.
And again, New Zealand, the only non-European country, ranked among the top ten countries on the list, while the UK / Britain position fell from thirteenth to seventeenth.
Bahrain ranked first among Arab countries in the happiness list, and 22nd at the global level, followed by the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the 25th and 26th places, respectively.
As for the rest of the countries, the countries came in the following order: Libya 80, Morocco 106, Algeria 109, Iraq 111, Tunisia 122, Lebanon 123, Palestine 125, Jordan 127, Egypt 132, Yemen 141.
As for the most miserable country in the world, according to the report, it is Afghanistan, preceded by Lesotho (in the far south of the continent of Africa), Botswana, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.
Data were collected from US data company Gallup after people living in 149 countries were asked to rate their degree of happiness. Measuring criteria included social support, personal freedom, gross domestic product and levels of corruption.
On their part, he said Report authors They noticed a “much higher frequency of negative emotions” in more than a third of countries, and attributed the cause to the effects of the Corona epidemic.
The evaluation of this year saw many Asian countries advance than they were last year, as China moved from 94th to 84th.
“It is surprising that there has been no deterioration in the level of well-being through people’s assessment of their lives,” John Hellywell, one of the report’s authors, said in a statement.
He added: “One of the possible explanations for this is that people see the Corona virus as a common external threat that affects everyone, and that this common danger has generated a greater sense of solidarity with others.”