Belarus sinks in world happiness ranking

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network has published the annual World Happiness Report, which ranked countries by the level of happiness.

When compiling the rankings, researchers took into account GDP per capita, social support, life expectancy, the freedom of citizens to make vital decisions independently, generosity in charity and attitude to corruption.

MINSK, BELARUS – FEBRUARY 15, 2019: A Belarusian national flag seen during a rally-requiem marking the 30th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan at the Isle of Tears memorial. Natalia Fedosenko/TASS

Belarus ranked 81st in the list — between Malaysia and Greece. In the last year’s ranking, Belarusians were in the 73rd position.

Among the most happy countries are Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and the Netherlands. In addition to them, the top 10 rankings include Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Austria.

Among the neighboring countries of Belarus, Poland ranked 40th, while Lithuania — the 41st. Also, our country was overtaken by Latvia and Russia, which occupied 53rd and 68th positions, respectively. In terms of happiness, Belarusians outranked Ukrainians — they are in the 133rd place.

In total, the ranking includes 156 states. Rwanda, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Central African Republic are recognized as the most unhappy. The list ends with South Sudan.