Finland Is World’s Happiest Country For 7th Consecutive Time in global happiness index

Finland Is World’s Happiest Country For 7th Consecutive Time in global happiness index

India landed 126th out of 143 nations 

Finland: In the latest global happiness index released on Wednesday, India landed at 126th out of 143 nations, highlighting a trend where older individuals tend to report higher life satisfaction within the country’s populace. Finland clinched the title of the happiest nation for the seventh consecutive year, as revealed in the World Happiness Report 2024. Joining Finland in the top 10 are Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Australia.

India’s placement at 126th position puts it behind countries like Libya, Iraq, Palestine, and Niger, as per the report unveiled on Wednesday to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Happiness. The World Happiness Report is a collaborative effort between Gallup, the Oxford Wellbeing Research Centre, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and the WHR’s Editorial Board.

Interestingly, within India, the youth are reported as the “happiest” demographic, while those in the “lower-middle” bracket rank the lowest in terms of happiness.

In a notable shift, the United States slipped out of the top 20 for the first time since the report’s inception in 2012, primarily due to a considerable decline in the well-being of Americans under the age of 30. Conversely, Serbia (ranked 37th) and Bulgaria (ranked 81st) have shown significant improvement in happiness scores over the past decade.

Additionally, both the United States and Germany fell out of the top 20, landing at 23rd and 24th positions, respectively, marking the first time in the history of the list.

For the first time, the report also analyzed well-being assessments by age groups. Generally, younger individuals tend to report higher levels of happiness, with Denmark being the happiest country for those aged 60 and above, and Lithuania leading in happiness among those under 30. However, the happiness of individuals under 30 in the U.S. witnessed a significant decline.