Finland Tops World Happiness Rankings for 7th Consecutive Year, India Lags Behind

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Global happiness index reveals India’s position at 126th, with older age correlated to increased life satisfaction, while Finland maintains top spot for the seventh consecutive year

India ranked 126th out of 143 nations in the latest global happiness index released on Wednesday, marking the country’s struggle with life satisfaction. The report, known as the World Happiness Report 2024, revealed that older age is linked with higher life satisfaction in India, despite its overall low ranking.

Finland secured the top position as the happiest country for the seventh consecutive year, followed by Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Australia. Meanwhile, India’s placement at 126th position placed it behind nations like Libya, Iraq, Palestine, and Niger.

The findings, released on the UN’s International Day of Happiness, are part of the World Happiness Report, a collaborative effort of Gallup, the Oxford Wellbeing Research Centre, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and the WHR’s Editorial Board.

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Interestingly, the report highlighted that while the young in India tend to be the “happiest,” those in the “lower middle” category are the least content. The United States witnessed a significant decline in well-being, particularly among Americans under 30, leading to its fall out of the top 20 for the first time.

Afghanistan retained its position at the bottom of the happiness rankings, with Pakistan placed 108th on the list. In India, older age was associated with higher life satisfaction, challenging claims that this association exists only in high-income nations. The report emphasized that older men in India typically report greater life satisfaction than older women, despite women reporting higher satisfaction when other factors are considered.

Furthermore, the study highlighted the challenges faced by older adults in India, including those related to education, social status, and health. It noted that strengthening family and social networks could significantly enhance well-being in older age.

Serbia and Bulgaria experienced significant increases in average life evaluation scores since 2013, according to the report. Additionally, Lithuania emerged as the top-ranking nation for children and young people under 30, while Denmark claimed the title of the happiest nation for individuals aged 60 and older.

The report’s insights underscore the importance of addressing various societal factors to promote well-being across different age groups and demographics. As India grapples with its position in the global happiness rankings, there is a growing need to focus on enhancing social support systems and addressing inequalities to ensure a happier and healthier society.

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