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World Happiness Report: SL ranks 129 out of 149 countries,

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Sri Lanka ranked 129 out of 149 countries in the World Happiness Report 2021, released by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network on Friday.

Finland was ranked the happiest country in the world,a feat the Nordic nation achieved for the fourth consecutive year.

Among neighbouring countries, Pakistan ranked 105th, China 84th, India 139th and Bangladesh 101st. Afghanistan was the least happiest country on the list.

The survey used the Gallup World Poll that asked people to vote on three indicators: life evaluations, positive emotions, and negative emotions.

In case of life evaluations, the respondents were asked to rate their life on a ladder. “Please imagine a ladder, with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top,” the question stated. “The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time?”

For positive emotions, people were asked to respond in binary terms (0 and 1) on three measures: “happiness”, “laugh” and “enjoyment”. The respondents had to give a binary response on whether they experienced these emotions on the day they polled and the day before.

For negative emotions, the same exercise was conducted on the three measures of “worry”, “sadness” and “anger”.

Apart from these, the report also took into account data related to per capita Gross Domestic Product, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom to make life choices, generosity and corruption perception.

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  • Tupac Saturday, 20 March 2021 08:24 AM

    Won’t be surprised if we were 149 ,only the politicians are happy

    Selvakumar Saturday, 20 March 2021 08:36 AM

    Corona make it unhappy!!!

    Ranaweera Saturday, 20 March 2021 09:13 AM

    Sri Lankans will never be happy as they complain about everything, no vaccine complain Vaccine complain, corona lockdiwn , complain, no lockfiwn complain. Same mentality like the British.

    Bushek Saturday, 20 March 2021 09:26 AM

    Bank robbery, complain, Seeni Robbery complain , Mitchell Bachelue complain .. bag full of unhappiness

    Brit Saturday, 20 March 2021 12:30 PM

    @Ranaweera: we are 17th on the list, even now with so many Covid19 victims and a strict lockdown here. No debts when the Brits handed over 'Ceylon' . Now more than12 trillion debts.

    Ganesh Saturday, 20 March 2021 01:39 PM

    As long we have these uneducated thieving murdering thugs as politicians we can only dream of Happy Endings!

    dickie bird Saturday, 20 March 2021 08:31 PM

    Not Surprised............... SIR FAILED....... Only talk. Rising crime

    Mahinda Saturday, 20 March 2021 09:18 PM

    If conducted the survey in segregate manner, "politician


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