Ireland ranked 13th happiest country in the world

Ireland has been ranked the 13th happiest country in the world by an annual UN-sponsored index, three places ahead of the United States and four places ahead of the United Kingdom.

The World Happiness Report, which was compiled ahead of Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, ranked Finland as the happiest place on Earth for the fifth consecutive year.

Northern Europe remains the happiest place in the world, with Denmark taking second place and Iceland third. Switzerland and the Netherlands are among the top five.

Ireland moved up two places to 13th in the annual rankings, while the United States moved up three places to 16th, one place above the United Kingdom.

Afghanistan, which has been shrouded in a humanitarian crisis since the Taliban took power last August, remained the most unfortunate place on the list of 146 countries, with Lebanon and Zimbabwe making up the bottom three.

Co-author Jan-Emmanuel De Neve remarked that the index served as a clear reminder of the damage that war does to people’s happiness.

“This [index] presents a stark reminder of the material and immaterial damage that war causes to its many victims,” said De Neve.

Jeffrey Sachs, another co-author of the report, said world leaders should “heed” the index.

“The lesson of the World Happiness Report over the years is that social support, generosity to one another and honesty in government are crucial for well-being,” he said. writing.

A country’s happiness is ranked between zero and ten and based on people’s self-assessment of their happiness over a three-year period.

The report also takes into account GDP, social support, personal freedom and levels of corruption.

This year, the report’s authors also analyzed social media data to assess people’s emotions before and after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, observing large increases in “anxiety and sadness” in 18 different countries. .

However, they also noted an overall decrease in anger levels.

The World Happiness Report, which was launched in 2012, is an annual survey conducted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

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